Project information

Power Play

The idea of the project is to give disabled people the same physical activity/sports opportunities as their non disabled peers. This project will give training & competitive football opportunities for powered wheelchair users.This project will improve the disabled people's confidence and self esteem


Charity information: Everton in the Community

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  • Need


    In 2001 Sport England commissioned research into sport and physical opportunities for disabled children and adults. The research concluded that disabled people are far less likely to participate in sport and physical activity due to the barriers they face which include lack of facilities, lack of money, lack of accessible transport and human support to be able to access sport. Through the delivery of the Power Play Sessions we aim to breakdown theses barriers for severely disabled people.


    The project will solve the problems by providing accessible transport for powered wheelchair users. The project will also train volunteers to support disabled people to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities. Specialist powered wheelchairs will need to be purchased to support the disabled people to participate in the football training and competition.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Set up powered wheelchair football taster sessions acrosss Merseyside


    » Organise taster sessions for powered wheelchair football at various leisure centre across Merseyside.
    » Link in with local partners; local authorities, schools, disability organisations to target and identify potential powered wheelchair users.

    Success will be the number of taster sessions delivered and the number of powered wheelchair users.
    Target: 5-6 Sessions
    Users: 30-40

    Aim 2

    Develop volunteer structure to support the disabled participants


    » Recruit volunteers to support project from local various partners and organisations.
    » Ensure volunteers have appropriate training to support powered wheelchair users.

    Success will be the number of volunteers signed up to support the powered wheelchair project.
    Target:10-15 Volunteers

    Aim 3

    Develop powered wheelchair clubs providing weekly training and coaching sessions


    » Liaise with local authorities within Merseyside to set up sessions in each of the six Borough’s.
    » Obtain appropriate specialist equipment attachments, larger size footballs and cones, specialist powered wheelchairs for football.
    » Book appropriate facilities and organise accessible transport for powered wheelchair users.
    » Co-ordinate staff and volunteers, to deliver weekly training and coaching sessions.

    Success will be the number of powered wheelchair Clubs set up and the number of weekly coachign sessions delivered.
    Target:5-6 Sessions

    Aim 4

    Co-ordinate competitive football opportunities for powered wheelchair users.


    » Once weekly sessions are developed organise regular competitive football opportunities.
    » Book facilities, co-ordinate transport, organise appropriate transport for service users.

    Success will be the number of monthly competitive opportunities and number of powered wheelchair users attending.
    Target: 6-8 Monthly Festivals
    Target: 18-30 Wheelchair users

    Aim 5

    Raise self confidence and self esteem of disabled participants


    » Administer self esteem questionnaire pre project and at various intervals during programme.

    Through administering the self esteem questionnaire. Success would be positive results of above 75% of powered wheelchair users engaged with increased self confidence and esteem

  • Impact


    The project will give vital sporting, physocal activity and social interaction opportunities that this group of vulnerable disabled people may have not had before. Some of the disabled people involved in this project will have life limiting conditions, which is even more important that they can enjoy these experiences that can enhance their lives. By removing the traditional barriers that disabled people face in sport and everyday life this will enable the project to be successful.


    The additional costs include buying specific powered wheelchairs for football, transport to & from the venue and the delivery of the activity. The project will remain sustainable by attaining volunteer support however due to the barriers disabled people face such as transport and appropriate facilities they will always be a need for funding to enable this activity to continue. Therefore we will be looking for further funding to maintain the sustainability of the project.


    We will keep in constant touch with donors by setting up a steering group which will include partners,service users and donors that will meet quarterly to discuss the progress on the project. We will also send training session/ fixture dates so that they can attend and see the project themselves.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £61,275

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      Amount Heading Description
      £45,600 Equipment 12 Powered Wheelchairs @ £3,700, Bibs Balls etc
      £6,600 Venue Facility Hire
      £9,075 Transport &Qualifications Vechile hire/petrol / Qualifications for staff

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Cash For Kids £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Aim to set up Powered wheelchair clubs in each of the six boroughs in and around Merseyside.
    The competitive fixtures will be held at Greenbank sports facility which has been specifically built for disabled people.


    The people who will benefit most will be some of the most severely disabled people within our local community, some of which will not have had this physical activity and social interaction experience previously. The staff and volunteers will benefit form delivering a project that they will get a lot of job satisfaction from being involved in.
    The donors will benefit from seeing disabled people enjoying themselves in an every day experience that non disabled people may take for granted.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TEF have been involved in providing football opportunities for disabled people for over 10 years. We have one of the biggest disability programmes in the world and cater for every age group, both genders and every major impairment group.

    TEF is the only Club in the country to attain the FA Charter Standard Community Club Award specifically for developing football opportunities for disabled people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steve Johnson - Disability Manager

    Steve Johnson is disabled & has developed TEF Disability Programme for the last 8 years and has built it to be the biggest of its kind in the country.