Weir Archer Academy
Who we are
When you’re the World’s Best, what do you do next ?
For David ‘The Weirwolf’ Weir CBE and his inspirational coach Jenny Archer the answer is legacy. With the launch of their charity the Weir Archer Academy in 2013 they have realised a life long dream to give sporting opportunities at all levels to the next generation of disabled people. They have developed a unique way of coaching and training achieving outstanding success including 8 London Marathon wins, 10 Paralympic Medals, Commonwealth and World Championship medals, World Records and recognition as the first female athletics coach to be entered in the England Athletics Hall of Fame. They now want to pass on their knowledge and experience and promote the enjoyment and benefits of Sport.
For health. For self-development. For social inclusion. And for some, the ultimate sporting success.
To be an Academy which is the centre of excellence for disability athletics helping disabled people achieve through sport.
- To increase participation at grass roots level - through schools partnerships and community projects
- To support amateur athletes with world-class training, nutritional advice, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and coach education.
- To train the next generation of Elite athletes and Paralympians and create a Centre of Excellence for disability sport.
Everyone at the WAA Charity works on a voluntary basis with all donations supporting the athletes directly. This helps fund equipment (a basic racing chair costs £4000 and a pair of gloves £165) travel and access to competitions and ongoing training of coaches - it’s an extensive list.
But every little helps! And whether you're a star fundraiser who raises thousands, or you can just afford £1, it all adds up and really does make a difference...
In the words of our athletes "Weir Archer Academy has finally allowed me to feel as though I fit in somewhere"
In the words of Jenny Archer Head Coach "One Team One Family One Goal"