The overall aim of the project is to encourage the community to socialize, be physically and mentally healthy and raise people’s self-esteem through football.

Through our meetings and general consultation with our group we are aware of people in our community who are not accessing sport activities due to their financial hardship and this is causing an impact on their wellbeing.

Our football sessions: We encourage people from all cultures to get involved to help integration which is key for people’s wellbeing. We will be encouraging those from ethnic minorities as over half of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities do no sport or physical activity.
Fewer than 1 in 5 members of some BME communities are participating in physical activities as infrequently as once a month. (Information from Sporting Equals).

WAD football team is fully affiliated to Manchester FA started in 2008 with success in keeping feet and having a great fun. West African Development (WAD) football team is playing in Tameside Hyde Sunday League and also played many away friendly games across UK and overseas. All our activities are open to everyone and also the sponsorship and support are needed.


The programme will help you build the confidence to: Recognise when someone may be experiencing problems. Actively listen to people with problems.


WAD volunteers are a crucial part of our organisation. Working as one team, we combine skills and experience to create positive change for everyone not just in Tameside but everywhere in the UK


Our members are often isolated and hard to reach people in the community, who may be new to the country. We aim to help by breaking down barriers to integration.

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West African Development was set up in 2005 and has been a registered charity since 2009. We are based in Tameside in the North West. We were set up to work with those of West African origin, but not exclusively. Read More