Nagoya Grampus have moved into Para-esports ©Getty Images

Japanese football club Nagoya Grampus has begun working with esports players with disabilities. 

The project sees the team work with companies in Aichi prefecture, according to Kyodo News.

Game developer Wonder Planet is currently hiring people with disabilities and taking part in competitions in Nagoya.

Esports business Nagoya Oja provides practice space.

Part of the arrangement is finding job opportunities for disabled players and encouraging a balance between work and competition.

"For Para-esports athletes this is a new way they can even take on the world," Grampus President Koki Konishi said, according to Kyodo News.

"I feel very happy to begin this new project."

A Grampus spokesperson added: "Currently, our club consists only of soccer players, but going forward we want to expand to athletes who compete in different areas."

Esports are growing in stature in the Olympic Movement ©Getty Images
Esports are growing in stature in the Olympic Movement ©Getty Images

Nagoya Grampus currently play in the J1 League, the top-tier in Japan.

England's record FIFA World Cup goalscorer Gary Lineker ended his career with the club in 1994, when they were known as Nagoya Grampus Eight.

Frenchman Arsène Wenger, who went on to win three Premier League titles in England with Arsenal, is a former manager.

Esports is becoming an increasingly regular topic in sporting circles, with the potential for Olympic inclusion one day a subject for debate.

Technology giant Intel, a member of the International Olympic Committee's top-tier sponsorship programme, hosted an esports tournament before the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics and another event will be held before Tokyo 2020. 

Esports was also showcased at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia.

The 2026 Asian Games will be held in Nagoya.