Simply Business have renewed their sponsorship of the England Amputee Football Association for a fifth term in what is a crucial year – with England setting their sights on World Cup glory in October.
The England Amputee Football Association (EAFA) will travel to Turkey to take on the world’s best amputee football nations, and will do so in partnership with Simply Business, one of the UK’s biggest providers of business insurance.
Simply Business have sponsored the EAFA since 2017, in that time providing over £200,000 of funding to the charity.
Acting independently and without FA funding
Established in 1990, the EAFA act independently and without FA funding – one of the few disability squads not to receive any funding from England’s governing body. They provide footballing opportunities for limbless and limb-affected people of all ages. A registered charity, the EAFA relies entirely on the players paying to play, plus the support from volunteers, partners, donors, and sponsors.
The EAFA provides footballing opportunities for limbless and limb-affected people of all ages. As a registered charity, it promotes and develops the sport of amputee football, providing any person with an amputation, congenital deficiency, or other limb-affecting disorder with the opportunity to access amputee football at grassroots, club, or national level.
Potential World Cup glory awaits in Turkey
A full month before the senior England men’s side head to Qatar, the EAFA will head to Turkey to compete in the World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) World Cup, led by Owen Coyle Jr. – son of former Premier League manager Owen Coyle.
While the hosts, Turkey, will go into the tournament as the team to beat – having won the European Amputee Football Championship in Krakow in 2021 – England will be ranked among those in with a shout of success.
EAFA’s Head Coach Owen Coyle Jr. commented: “We are extremely honoured and grateful for the support of Simply Business once again for the England Amputee National Team. We have worked with Simply Business for five years and have created some fantastic memories with them on and off the pitch. We are hoping to make everyone in the organisation proud later this year when we fly to Istanbul, Turkey for the WAFF World Cup.
“Without the generous financial support of Simply Business, we wouldn’t be able to operate and compete as we continue to lead the way as one of the strongest teams across the globe. We feel forever grateful for the backing we have received as an association.”
Alan Thomas, UK CEO at Simply Business, commented: “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with The EAFA – a charity, and group of people, who have inspired us time and again over the past five years.
“The charity is on a mission to transform participation in amputee football across the country, while also producing the world’s best national team. It’s been a privilege to witness this incredible journey first-hand during the course of our partnership so far and we’re excited to see them continue to go from strength to strength.
“As the team prepares for their next challenge – attempting to lift the World Cup in Turkey – Simply Business will be supporting them with pride.