Crystal Palace striker Fraizer Campbell takes to four wheels in support of the Crystal Palace FC Foundation Powerchair Football session.
The Palace Foundation run weekly Powerchair sessions in association with Freesport and the Wheelchair Football Association (WFA). The sessions give wheelchair users the opportunity to benefit from the unique physical and social benefits that football can offer.
Powerchair football is a 4 v 4 indoor game with two goals, played with a larger size 9 football and is under the guidance of the WFA, which was formed in 2005 to govern the sport of Powerchair Football in England. It is a fast-moving disability football game, which has been compared as a wheelchair football equivalent to the creativity-driven Futsal.
The content of the sessions include chair management (starting/stopping, maneuverability, increase/decrease speed, space awareness), ball mastery, rules of the game, match play, technical and tactical awareness.
Our much-loved Palace forward held a Q&A session with the Powerchair participants on being a professional footballer and his love for the game. Fraizer also jumped in a Powerchair himself to experience what it was like to play football on four wheels.
Visits like this are invaluable to our disabled participants, many of whom were entirely disengaged with sport until attending Foundation programmes. Fraizer commented how important it is that sport reaches all levels of our community and that Palace are a Club inherently committed to inclusion.
Fraizer Campbell, Crystal Palace FC, said: “The lads in the dressing room are so thankful for all the support we receive on a daily basis so it is a rewarding experience for us to come out in the community and meet those supporters. All clubs should provide opportunities for disabled children to participate in sport; football is an inclusive, team sport and should be available to all in our community.”
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