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Wheelchair Football

Richard_Scope
Richard_Scope Posts: 3,115

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edited October 2020 in Cerebral palsy

The Wheelchair Football Association

Here at the Wheelchair Football Association (WFA), we believe everyone can play a part in changing lives through the power of football.

Powerchair Football is a unique sport that provides opportunities for people with a high level of impairment to access the game of football.  It is the only active team participation sport for people who use electric wheelchairs.

The sport is fast-paced, dynamic and very enjoyable to watch.  Due to the unique nature of the Powerchair Football, it allows all ages, disabilities and both genders to compete together. Powerchair Football enables disabled people to take part in regular activity and provides them with competition – something that the majority will never have, or rarely, experienced before due to their impairment. As a result, it builds key life skills such as teamwork and communication.

However it doesn’t just provide sporting opportunity – powerchair football creates a great social opportunity for the players and their families as they experience the highs and lows of participating in the nation’s favourite sport. It brings strangers together, many of whom have similar stories and life experiences, creating friendships and bonds which last a lifetime.

For a taste of how exciting and fun this sport is here are some videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X27gacWEdmI&t=2s - Video made by Scope about Powerchair Football
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckrti_2bjZE - Introduction to powerchair football with some in-game clips
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xz5XTwrNP0&t=1793s - The WFA Cup Final 2019 - two of the best teams in England playing in the cup final
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkJlviC_rRE&t=4705s - The European Final between England and France
Scope
Specialist Information Officer and Cerebral Palsy Programme Lead

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  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,557 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks for sharing! 
    Scope

  • WestHam06
    WestHam06 Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,396 Pioneering
    Thank you for sharing this @Richard_Scope, it really is an amazing sport. I went along to a session once to support a friend who uses a power chair. Firstly, I watched and to see the enjoyment on their face really was inspiring. I was then asked if I would like to join in and as my friend wanted me to, I did (the things you do for friends :) ) It really is very enjoyable and takes skill (which I didn't have :) ) Thank you

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