Greenwich PFC, part of South London Special League, is a brilliant young Powerchair Football Team that play in the South East England League. Powerchair football is a competitive team sport for disabled people who use power wheelchairs. In the game, two teams of four players use powerchairs equipped with foot guards to attack, defend and spin-kick a football in an attempt to score goals. Thanks to a £750 Leader Award Grant awarded to the club by the Jack Petchey Foundation, they were able to buy a speed tracking machine.
Greenwich PFC were recently promoted to the South East England Premiership League which is an excellent achievement for such a young team. However, the team needed a special piece of equipment in order to compete within the league. It is the home team’s responsibility to use a special speed-testing machine to test all the powerchairs to ensure they cannot go over the required speed, ensuring a fair game. Without the club owning a machine, they would not have been able to compete in home matches or they would have had to borrow a machine, which has been very complicated in the past.
Thanks to the Jack Petchey Leader Award grant, the club was able to purchase their own speed-testing machine, enabling them to host competitions at home. This will allow them to throw themselves into the competition and improve their powerchair football skills. “The club are really excited to play their first home match in the new season,” Sharon Brokenshire, director of the team says “This year I believe the team will play inspirational football all adding to their self-esteem and desire to play their best.”
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