Hull & East Yorkshire Powerchair Football Club
Founded 8 years ago, Hull & East Yorkshire Powerchair Football Club gives disabled people who use a wheelchair or powerchair, the chance to play powerchair football at either a social or competitive level. This allows physically disabled people to play a fast-paced team game, something that most of its members have never been able to do. Most of the club’s members are people that can’t physically play sports like wheelchair basketball and struggle to find a team sport they can take part in independently.
Although playing football is the reason the players get together, for some of the club’s members, attending the club is a way of getting out and about and away from the typical day to day troubles of living with a severe and often life-limiting disability.
The club is proud that they have around 20 players ranging from 8 to 40 and two teams; the first team and an academy team. The first team compete in the MDUK Championship National League in Nottingham, and the North East Championship Regional League. The academy team compete in the North East League 1 and the Yorkshire League Championship. The teams travel around the country to cities such as Newcastle, Leeds, Middlesbrough, and Nottingham. In previous years one of their players represented England u16s.
As well as playing powerchair football, players attend to socialise with other people who may have a condition similar to themselves and for their family or carers to network with others to talk about their daily struggles.
Funds from the Matthew Good Foundation will go towards purchasing a new Powerchair. Due to the cost of the chairs, being able to provide Powerchairs for its members is essential for giving everyone the opportunity to get involved and give Powerchair football a try.
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