Truro Leisure Centre was the venue for the first ever game of Powerchair Football in Cornwall during August. Twenty players all with disabilities participated; James Isaac, Spurs Disability Football Coordinator coached the games with newly recruited FA qualified coach Sam Bull.
The game is played with two teams of 4 players consisting of attackers and defenders. It is played in two halves consisting of 20 minutes each. The aim of the game is to score goals as in regular football although there is no goalkeeper; however, it takes a lot of skill to control the ball with the chairs.
The event was facilitated by Jessica Cook, Disability Sports Development Officer with the Cornwall Disability Forum, who said: “This event is fantastic. All the participants are having a great time and we are now thinking ahead of how to develop this sport further by having a Cornish Team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Truro Leisure Centre for the venue, Cornwall Children’s Fund for funding the event and Cornwall County Football Association for their support.”
Spurs coach Sam said: “The aim for the future would be to develop Regional and National Power & Manual Wheelchair Football Competitions. By doing this, we will be able to take the sport into places where it has never been played before and watch the young players learn and benefit from new skills whilst having so much fun”.
For more information on the disability programme at Spurs please call James Isaac on 020 8365 5028.