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Powerchair Football Returns to Nottingham for Paralell Games

Posted on: May 26, 2011

The University of Nottingham was introduced to the world of powerchair football at our Any-Body Month event in March 2011. We got the opportunity to watch the first ever East Midlands Powerchair Football Paralell Games at the Lee Westwood Sports Centre at Nottingham Trent University yesterday. We thought that it would be good to share a bit more information about this fantastic event, happening right on our doorstep.

The event saw teams from Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire come together for the conclusion of a schools initiative to battle to be crowned Parallel Games champions.  Following a number of county school festivals, players were selected from a number of schools to represent their county at this regional event.  This event was possible due to the great work of the Competition Manager network across the East Midlands.  The event was won by the Nottinghamshire team, following an impressive 3 unbeaten matches.

Paralell Games Winners - Nottinghamshire

Powerchair Football has grown massively in the East Midlands, with 4 Powerchair Football clubs, a newly formed East Midlands Powerchair Football Association and schools activity.  This means that players within the East Midlands have access to every level of the sport, from the “grass-roots” to National league competition. The WFA National League will be returning to Nottingham for the 2011/12 season, following the first event held in 2006.

Sam Bull, National Development Manager for the Wheelchair Football Association, said:
“The East Midlands was a ‘priority area’ for the first year of the Football Foundation project.  Due to the fantastic support from a number of partners within the region, we have made great progress in a short time.  This event is the culmination of partnership working between the Competition Managers, schools, County FAs and our clubs.  We hope the children taking part in this event are only at the start of their Powerchair Football journey.”  

Kevin Sanders, Football Development Officer for Nottinghamshire FA, commented:
“Powerchair Football plays a massive role with Nottinghamshire Disability Football Family.  We have created a network of inclusive clubs that cater for everyone with a disability and the 2 Powerchair clubs in the county spearhead this network by offering an opportunity to play for the first time.  We know the sport in Notts will continue to grow and flourish over the coming seasons”

The event was be used by the Wheelchair Football Association (WFA) to promote the “Rise of Powerchair Football” and the achievements of the first year of a Football Foundation project.  The WFA have been awarded £134,445 from the Football Foundation towards a total project cost of £256,000 over 3 years.  The Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity, funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government (via Sport England).

“It’s great to launch our National Programme at an event which aims to get new participants involved in our sport.  Its credit to our project Partners – the Football Foundation, the FA, Davies Sports and the WFA, who have been able to make this possible.  I look forward to seeing the sport grow over the coming years” said Ricky Stevenson, WFA Chairperson.

The East Midlands Powerchair Football Parallel Games was also chosen to part of the UEFA Grassroots day in the build up to the Champions League final.

Jeff Davies, FA National Development Manager – Disability, commented: “The Parallel Games is a wonderful event to showcase with UEFA on its Grassroots day, it gives the participants an opportunity to be involved in a great event as this is one of 100 events around England. The WFA Project launch could not be undertaken on a better occasion as it continues to develop powerchair football for all abilities”.

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