ISLE OF MAN – The Microgaming Health & Care Trust has made a donation to Manx Sport & Recreation to help establish a Powerchair Football Club on the island. The new club launches in April.
Powerchair Football is a sport specifically for adults and children with severe physical disabilities. It caters for a wide range of physical impairments, including quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, stroke and spinal cord injury.
It has been a popular sport in the UK for a number of years; there are both Regional and National UK Powerchair Football leagues. There is even a Powerchair Football World Cup! The game is played indoors with two teams of up to four players. Players use their wheelchairs equipped with bumpers to attack, defend, and spin kick the ball.
Keen to introduce this sport locally, Manx Sport & Recreation sought funding to make it happen. The Microgaming Health & Care Trust eagerly stepped in to provide the funds for goalposts, bumpers, coaching equipment and footballs, as well as supporting training facilities and coaching costs.
Representatives from the Wheelchair Football Association will be coming to the island to offer a series of Powerchair Football sessions and workshops. The Powerchair Football sessions will be taking place on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 April from 10:00-15:00 at Centre 21, Greenfield Road, for all children in manual and power wheelchairs.
Furthermore, a Powerchair Football workshop will be taking place on Tuesday 14 April from 5-7pm at the IOM College, Main Hall, for anyone who is interested in the game and would like to get involved in Powerchair Football on the island. Individuals will have the opportunity to learn the rules of the game and take part in a series of games, skills and activities.
For more information on Powerchair Football, and if you would like to attend the workshop on Tuesday 14 April, please contact Zoe Crowe on 01624 688575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.