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ASPIRE HOTSPUR PLAYERS IN COMPETITION IN ATLANTA

Posted on 28 September 2006  - 12:00

As Tottenham Hotspur is the only professional football club in the world directly involved with Power Chair Football, the Club was proud to see players from Aspire Hotspur our Official Power Chair Football Team representing England on behalf of The Wheelchair Football Association earlier this month at the inaugural Power Chair Football Tournament in Atlanta, America. The competition saw teams from USA, France, Japan, Canada and Demark play in a round-robin format, and our players certainly didnt let us down, finishing in a very credible 3rd place. The team achieved three impressive wins, beating the hosts, USA, 2-1, edging out Canada 1-0 in a hard fought contest, and finishing in style with an emphatic 8-1 victory over Denmark. Unfortunately, our boys were narrowly beaten by Japan, and also lost to eventual winners, France. In addition to Aspire Hotspurs Nicky Baker, Jonathan Boulding and Stevie Pearson representing their country, the WFA representative Team Coach at the tournament was Tottenham Hotspur Communitys James Isaac, Inclusion Officer For People With Disabilities.

As Tottenham Hotspur is the only professional football club in the world directly involved with Power Chair Football, the Club was proud to see players from Aspire Hotspur our Official Power Chair Football Team representing England on behalf of The Wheelchair Football Association earlier this month at the inaugural Power Chair Football Tournament in Atlanta, America. The competition saw teams from USA, France, Japan, Canada and Demark play in a round-robin format, and our players certainly didnt let us down, finishing in a very credible 3rd place. The team achieved three impressive wins, beating the hosts, USA, 2-1, edging out Canada 1-0 in a hard fought contest, and finishing in style with an emphatic 8-1 victory over Denmark. Unfortunately, our boys were narrowly beaten by Japan, and also lost to eventual winners, France. In addition to Aspire Hotspurs Nicky Baker, Jonathan Boulding and Stevie Pearson representing their country, the WFA representative Team Coach at the tournament was Tottenham Hotspur Communitys James Isaac, Inclusion Officer For People With Disabilities.Reflecting upon the teams tremendous performance, James commented, I am extremely proud of the players, and feel that the experience we have gained from this competition will help support and progress the development of the sport in England. I was equally proud of the fact that Tottenham Hotspur Community are the only professional football club in the world directly involved with the sport at this level.

Ricky Stevenson, Chairman of the WFA, added, The WFA are extremely proud of everyone involved in creating history with the success of this tournament. Staff and players have contributed a lot of hard work and support to make the event possible.

James, who has also been elected as Director of Coaching for the Federation of International Power Chair Football Association (FIPFA), will be responsible for implementing the criteria and selection processes for the WFA%5cEngland representative squad that hopes to travel to Japan in 2007 for the 1st Official FIPFA World Cup. These responsibilities are part of Tottenham Hotspur Communitys commitment to the development of the game.

For further information about Wheelchair Football, the work of Tottenham Hotspur Community or Aspire Hotspur, please visit tottenhamhotspur.com/community or contact James Isaac at james.isaac@tottenhamhotspur.com