BAFA launches new Wheelchair American Flag Football format!

BAFA Schools is proud to announce in association with Gravesend Dynamite Wheelchair Sports Club, that it is launching a new, inclusive, non-contact Wheelchair American Flag Football format for schools and community clubs!
Designed to support BAFA’s award-winning offer in the School Games, this exciting format is suitable for any wheelchair sports club to play. It is inclusive, as whilst players must be in wheelchair, they do not have to be wheelchair users.
Most schools may have a small number of wheelchair users but maybe not enough to run a specific sport. With this inclusive format, participants have to play in wheelchairs, but they do not have to be wheelchair users. Wheelchair users (joined by non-wheelchair users) will enjoy increased participation with their peers in a sporting context. With the appropriate support and delivery, there could be more opportunities to encourage respect and mutual-understanding for wheelchair users and also provide much greater opportunities to play and develop Play Unified sports ( https://www.youthsporttrust.org/play-unified ). It may also allow schools to apply for funding for equipment (wheelchairs) and for improvements in facilities (upgrading sports hall floors and facilities?). This could also be used to encourage and develop wider community links and opportunities.
A promotional video is available to watch https://youtu.be/k6XWuM-FZBk and ‘A Guide to Non-Contact Wheelchair American Flag Football’ is available for free on this website under Touchdown Programme Area. For more information contact BAFA’s Touchdown Team Wheelchair Lead, Jason Owen on schools@britishamericanfootball.org
[*BAFA is the ‘School Games NGB of the Year, 2017’]