July 29th, 2021
Wexford-based MDI member, Conor Doyle, is interested in starting a powerchair football team in the South-East. If you are interested, he’d be delighted to hear from you. All genders and ages (12 years and upwards) are welcome! Training would take place in either Waterford or Kilkenny.
What is powerchair football?
Powerchair football also known as powerchair soccer – is one of the fastest-growing disability sports in the world. It’s a mixed-gender sport involving two teams of four players, using a front-bumper attachment to your chair or customized sports chairs to attack, defend and spin-kick a 13-inch football to score goals on a basketball-sized court.
In Ireland, we have eight teams that take part in an all-Ireland premier league and also compete internationally. The Irish team won a bronze medal at the European Powerchair Football Association (EPFA) European Nations Cup in Finland in 2019. It also hopes to compete at the World Cup in Australia next year.
Support needed for building a team
Conor is also looking for support with funding the necessary equipment to build a competitive team. The Strike Force chair is the leading powerchair for playing this sport and can cost between €6,000-€9,000, depending on the adaptation required. These chairs are a necessary part of building a team that can compete and enjoy being part of this sport.
How can I get involved?
If you’d like to find out more about getting involved – either to play powerchair soccer or to offer support with getting the team off the ground, you can contact Conor on 0852503878 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Conor plans to arrange a Zoom meeting about this soon and if you wish he will send you the Zoom link and instructions.