Sporting Fingal launch Powerchair Soccer Team
The underlying values of Powerchair Soccer are to encourage people with disabilities to get involved in a sport in which they have an interest.
Powerchair football is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. Powerchair Soccer is unisex by design, and male and female participants are often on the same team, as is the case with the Sporting Fingal team.
This action-packed team sport combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself in an extremely challenging game very similar to soccer.
Powerchair Soccer has gone from strength to strength over the past two years and plans for a National League are currently being worked on. The F.A.I.'s Football for All National Coordinator, Oisín Jordan, said "Powerchair Football has been in existence here in Ireland since 2005, through the F.A.I.'s ‘Football for All' Programme. Last year the programme took a big step forward with the establishment of the Association of Irish Powerchair Football, which will govern the sport here in Ireland into the future. Since its establishment in late 2008, there have been many clubs setting up around the country, through the hard work of the F.A.I.'s Sports Inclusion Development Officers. This new affiliate of the Sporting Fingal Club again demonstrates its commitment to an all inclusive community approach by its board of management. I would to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Sporting Fingal for being the first League of Ireland club to form a Powerchair team"
Sporting Fingal Club Secretary John O'Brien said "Sporting Fingal is most anxious to involve all members of our society in community football. In the same way that we were most happy to establish a Special Needs team, in conjunction with Special Olympics Ireland, we are delighted to help promote football for people with disabilities through the formation of the Sporting Fingal Power Soccer team".
The Sporting Fingal Powerchair Soccer Team trains every second Saturday morning in Corduff Sports Centre.
Team manager Paul Murphy said "it's tremendous that a League of Ireland club would get involved in a project like this and it will be a great boost for the lads that are playing to be a part of Sporting Fingal It provides a huge incentive for the team and a strong encouragement to other disabled people to become more involved in sporting activity".
Liam Buckley, Sporting Fingal Director of Football, welcomed the Powerchair Soccer Team into the club.
"We are delighted to embrace Powerchair Soccer Team. Inclusiveness is a fundamental of our club and we are thrilled to see this team part of the club's umbrella of sides.
"I, along with my coaching staff, will be there to assist the players and management with anything we can."