Powerchair Football Club

Watched powerchair football before?
Wanna come along, have a go and get involved?
Wanna be a Muscle Warrior PFC Team Player?

Aspire Powerchair Sports Club has four Powerchair Football Teams, namely: Aspire PFC, Aspire Lions PFC (development), Evergreen PFC & Muscle Warriors PFC.

MUSCLE WARRIORS PFC … FACT FILE

  • The Muscle Help Foundation has a club called Muscle Warriors PFC
  • We’re called Muscle Warriors to help promote awareness of our charity
  • Our aim is to deliver 657 Muscle Dreams, one for each muscle in the human body
  • We also want to help raise more awareness of muscular dystrophy across the UK
  • Muscle Warriors PFC won the 2014-15 WFA National Championships
  • The Club plays in the National League, the WFA Cup & the South East Regional League
  • Follow @WarriorsPFC on Twitter ~ our official hashtag is #MuscleWarriorsPFC
  • You can join our Muscle Warriors PFC Group page on Facebook
  • Our club is affiliated to the Hertfordshire FA and the WFA
  • The team trains at the Watford Leisure Centre Woodside (Hertfordshire)
  • Players travel from Herts, London, Hamps, Berks, Bucks and Beds
  • It’s a team sport for people with disabilities who use powerchairs
  • Most of our young people have life limiting conditions
  • Players are classified PF1 or PF2 depending on their physical strength
  • We can have a squad of up to to 8 players per game
  • Games last for .40mins with 4 players on the pitch
  • The game is usually played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court
  • Powerchairs are equipped with foot-guards to attack, defend and spin-kick
  • Each powerchair can cost up to £9000
  • One 13-inch (330mm) football is used to score goals and these cost approx £65 each
  • The sport improves the self-confidence & self-esteem of our players
  • Participating also improves communication skills (listening & responding) & teamwork
  • Many of our players are often isolated; they do not go out without their family or carers
  • The sport enables supportive friendships to be established and peer support to be gained
  • Our team and club is run solely by parents and volunteers
  • Fundraising events organised by volunteers help towards covering participation costs
  • Generally fundraisers are parents, extended family and friends

CURRENT MUSCLE WARRIOR PFC TEAM MEMBERS

(as of October 2018)

Ryan O’Leary – No.2, Captain / Player

Rhys Mallet – No.6

Jack Morrell – No.8

Martin Button – No.10, Goalkeeper / Player

Mitchell Gosling – No.11

Tom Kelly – No.20

Gianluca Luisi – No.21

DEVELOPMENT & SOCIAL PLAYERS

Daniel Messenger – No.3

Daniel Holt – No.13

HONORARY MEMBERS*can no longer play due to health

Aaron Small* No.5

Elliot Mears* – No.9

FOREVER TEAM MEMBERS

Charlie Wilkinson – No.4

Matin Nabi – No.12

TEAM MANAGER & COACHING STAFF

Barry O’Leary – Manager, Muscle Warriors PFC

FA Level One Coach, Trustee & Vice Chair Aspire PFC

John Kelly – Assistant Coach, WFA Referee

Karen O’Leary – Club Secretary, Muscle Warriors PFC

First Aider & Welfare, Accommodation, Kit

Fundraising Committee, Aspire PFC

TRAINING DATES – 2018 / 2019 SEASON

LOCATION / VENUE
Everyone Active

Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
Horseshoe Lane, Garston, Watford, Herts, WD25 7HH

DATE TIME FOR HALF THE HALL TEAM USING THE EXTRA SLOT – ON A ROTA TIME FOR THE WHOLE HALL VENUE
07/10/18 14:00 – 15:00 Aspire PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
21/10/18 Muscle Warriors PFC

& Development

(half hall only 14:00-15:00)

15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
28/10/18 14:00 – 15:00 Evergreen PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
04/11/18 14:00 – 15:00 Aspire PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
11/11/18 14:00 – 15:00  /  Evergreen PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
18/11/18 Aspire PFC Aspire Lions PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
25/11/18 14:00 – 15:00 Muscle Warriors PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
02/12/18 14:00 – 15:00 Muscle Warriors PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
09/12/18 Aspire  PFC

& Aspire Lions PFC

(half the hall only)

15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
16/12/18 14:00 – 15:00 Aspire PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
06/01/19 14:00 – 15:00 Muscle Warriors PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
20/01/19 14:00 – 15:00 Evergreen PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
27/01/19 14:00 – 15:00 Aspire PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
03/02/19 14:00 – 15:00 Aspire PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
17/02/19 14:00 – 15:00 Evergreen PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
03/03/19 14:00 – 15:00 Evergreen PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
10/03/19 14:00 – 15:00 Muscle Warriors PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
17/03/19 Aspire PFC

& Aspire Lions PFC

(half the hall only)

15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
24/03/19 14:00 – 15:00 Evergreen PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
07/04/19 14:00 – 15:00 Muscle Warriors PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
14/04/19 14:00 – 15:00 Aspire PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
28/04/19 14:00 – 15:00  /  Evergreen PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
05/05/19 Aspire PFC & Aspire Lions PFC (half the hall only) 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
12/05/19 14:00 – 15:00 Muscle Warriors PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
19/05/19 14:00 – 15:00 Aspire PFC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
02/06/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
16/06/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside

NOTE: Individual teams may have extra training sessions on top of the normal scheduled training sessions. The Muscle Warriors PFC Team Manager will advise players if any training dates are changed or added.

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SOUTH EAST REGIONAL LEAGUE DATES

As of October 2018

Sun 13th January 2019 – 09:00-17:30, Hatfield
Sun 10th February 2019 – 09:00-17:30, Hatfield
Sun 24th February 2019 – 09:00-17:30, Crawley
Sun 31st March 2019 – 09:00-17:30, Hatfield
Sun 26th May 2019 – 09:00-17:30, Crawley

NOTE

7 matches per division (2 for each team)
Matches will be played every Sunday
Timings for all above dates: 09:00hrs to 17:30hrs

REGIONAL LEAGUE VENUES

K2 Sports Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, RH11 9BQ

University of Herts, Sporting Village, De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EU

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP DATES 2018/19

All National League matches are played at Nottingham Trent University:

Lee Westwood Sports Centre, Clifton Campus, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

The Championship sees 12 teams take part in England’s second tier of National League Powerchair football. Playing each other twice, teams compete to claim the Championship title or battle to maintain their National League status.

 

♦  2018/2019 DATES  

13-14/10/18    Championship (Weekend 1)
17-18/11/18    Championship (Weekend 2)
08-09/12/18    Championship (Weekend 3)

16-17/03/19    Championship (Weekend 4)
04-05/05/19    Championship (Weekend 5)

08-09/06/19    FINALS DAY (Both Divisions)

CHECK OUT THE VIDEOS BELOW… happy viewing!

Introduction to Powerchair Football

 

Inspiring Hearts, Engaging Minds – People’s Projects 2016

 

An innovative sporting partnership between Aspire Powerchair Sports Club (APSC) & The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF) Michael McGrath, CEO of The Muscle Help Foundation said:

“We’re continually learning about the sport of powerchair football, increasingly from several of our Muscle Dream beneficiaries who play for different clubs across the country. The partnership with Aspire PSC is an exciting one, underpinned by a real understanding of the benefits derived by actively participating in sport – there’s a great synergy and spirit reinforced by our charity’s STRONGER TOGETHER tagline as well as our distinctive Muscle Warriors club strip. The transfer window is always open for those that wish to join our growing tribe of Muscle Warriors across the country!”

Interested?
Wanna learn more and get involved? Wanna have a go?

Contact us if you would like to come along to one of our training sessions, have a go or simply learn a little more about our Muscle Warrior spirit from those already actively participating – it’s a fantastic sport, a lot of fun and everyone is most welcome!

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