At Waddon Leisure Centre on Wednesday 26th March commencing at 5.30pm and finishing at 7.00pm there was a football sessions with a difference as young wheelchair users who have been taking part in sessions for a number of weeks now, met Crystal Palace FC players, Barry Bannan and Aaron Wilbraham.
Power chair football is a 4 v 4 indoor game with two goals and played with a larger size 9 football and Wheelchair FA Development Officer Adam McEvoy was in attendance to lend some support for the players and coaches from Crystal Palace Football Club. The Wheelchair Football Association (WFA) was formed in 2005 to govern the sport of Powerchair Football in England. The WFA are recognised by the Football Association as the sports governing body and their Laws are sanctioned by the FA.
The sessions have been a collaboration between Crystal Palace FC Foundation, Croydon Sports Development, Surrey County Football Association and Fusion who have worked together to support the participants in experiencing this form of football for the first time in Croydon.
In addition, The Wheelchair Football Association have supported the sessions with seven specialised power chairs and advice from Adam each week.
The sessions are funded by The Football Association and the Wembley Stadium Trust through the “Inclusive United” partnership between all the London Professional Football Clubs.
Crystal Palace FC players Barry Bannan and Aaron Wilbraham had never seen this form of the game and were keen to take part. “Having both players take part next to the local young people was an exciting experience for the participants.” Michael Harrington, Crystal Palace FC Foundation disability sports lead officer said.
If you are interested in attending the sessions please email Michael Harrington on firstname.lastname@example.org