Powerchair Football is a new sport in the South West, with taster sessions and clubs starting in the 2013/2014 season across the region to start new inclusive Football clubs for people with physical disabilities such as Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy and Spinal Injuries.
In nearly 5 years, new clubs have been formed and a new league has started for Powerchair Football clubs to participate in, named the South West Powerchair Football League.
The league and its member clubs have seen rapid success, becoming an FA Charter Standard League with all clubs a part of the FA Charter Standard Club programme and the league into its 3rd competitive season.
Powerchair Football is a 4-a-side sport, played indoors using electronic powered chairs and currently we have two Powerchair Football Clubs in Devon, Exeter City Powerchair FC & Ocean City Powerchair FC (Plymouth). The training sessions are fun and inclusive, for beginners who would like to try Powerchair Football for the first time and for players that wish to play competitively.
Jenny Brooks (Ocean City Powerchair FC Vice-Chair & League Chairperson) commented on her involvement in Powerchair Football and the season so far:
“Powerchair football is something that has now completely taken over my life! I am Vice Chair for Ocean City powerchair football club and since taking on the Chair role for the league this has never been truer. I knew taking on the Chair role from my sister Helen, meant I would have big shoes to fill and in any decision I make I always have the question ‘what would Helen do?’ in the forefront of my mind.
“This is my first season as Chair and although to begin with I was nervous, as I wanted to get everything right, I feel as time is going on I am settling in well. I am very grateful to have a good support network around me, who listen to my ideas or help with any questions I have and I feel I would be lost without them. I also have a great committee who are all willing to do their bit to share the load, which is really helpful and ensures we are all doing our bit.
“Over the past few months it has been brilliant to see how all of the teams are improving and how clubs are all working together to support each other. It may well be a competitive league but at the end of the day we are all there to enable the players to play a sport they love.
“As it stands Cheltenham 1 is at the top of the league, knocking off Swindon Rockets. It is brilliant to see a club taking the top spot and giving Swindon some competition. The matches with Swindon Rockets have been very lively games with everyone watching and supporting both teams playing. Who knows who will take the trophy this year but with only two dates left it’s anyone’s game!”
Brian Dix (Cheltenham Powerchair FC and League Vice-Chair) also comments on his involvement with Powerchair Football:
“Having been involved in Powerchair Football for only 4 years I am blown away by the attitude of the players who all love playing the only competitive sport for Powerchair users and the fantastic army of volunteers, parents and carers who give their time.”
If you have a physical disability and would like to try Powerchair Football in Devon or would like to volunteer in the sport, please contact Ashley Harris on 01626 323560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The league season has two events to go and for updates on the league season so far, visit the South West Powerchair Football League website:
South West Powerchair Football League 2017/2018 Dates:
Sunday 25th March 2018 (9am - 4pm)
Sunday 29th April 2018 (9am - 4pm)
All matches are played at a central venue (Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Taunton, TA2 2QP)
You can visit the league website via the below link -
South West powerchair league table