Powerchair Football has continued to grow in numbers after another successful development weekend in the nation’s capital.
Capital Football’s fourth Powerchair Development Weekend saw a great turnout across two days at the AIS Training Halls, as players from New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT showcased their skills.
Saturday was spent learning new skills from some of the best Powerchair Footballers in Australia before Sunday featured some hotly-contested matches, including the inaugural Rotary Cup.
A youthful Capital Football side caused a major upset in the Rotary Cup, defeating NSW 1-0 in a tense final thanks to a first-half goal from Jamie Larson.
Capital Football’s Game Development Manager Kelly Stirton said she was incredibly proud of the team.
“The team played so well and it was awesome to see them win their first Rotary Cup against a strong NSW side,” she said. “Having experienced Newcastle Jets captain Dimitri Lioli-Davis coaching the side really helped the boys improve their tactics and skills.
“This weekend would also not have been possible if it wasn’t for the Australian Powerchair Football Association so a huge thank you to President Matt Cross.”
Capital Football has two Powerchair Football training sessions coming up this month so if you would like to get involved, please contact Kelly Stirton.
PowerChair Football Training sessions
14th March 3.00pm – 4.00pm
28th March 3.00pm – 4.00pm
National Hockey Centre, 196 Mouat Street, Lyneham
What is Powerchair Football?
Powerchair Football is a competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for electric wheelchair users including people with quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury and other disabilities.
The sport combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and the power of the chair itself to participate in an extremely challenging game of football.
The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four power chair users attack, defend and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in an attempt to score goals.