Powerchair Football Club

Wheelchair Football Association (WFA) Statement – suspension of all Powerchair Football activity – the FA released a statement advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.

The Muscle Help Foundation charity wholeheartedly shares this view – as such, and due directly to COVID-19, all powerchair football activity has sadly been postponed until further notice. The health and safety of our Muscle Warriors Powerchair Football community is paramount.

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

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

MUSCLE WARRIORS POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL CLUB … FACTOIDS

  • 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

MUSCLE WARRIOR PFC TEAM MEMBERS

2019 / 2020 SEASON – postponed due to COVID-19

Ryan O’Leary – No.2, Captain / Player

Rhys MalletNo.6

Dan McIellan – No.7

Jack MorrellNo.8

Shay Murray – No.9

Martin Button – No.10, Goalkeeper / Player

Mitchell Gosling No.11

Tom KellyNo.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, Safeguarding, Accommodation, Kit
Fundraising Committee, Aspire PFC

2019 / 2020 SEASON TRAINING DATES – postponed due to COVID-19

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
11/08/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
28/10/18 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
01/09/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
08/09/19 14:00-15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
15/09/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
22/09/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
06/10/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
20/10/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
10/11/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
17/11/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
24/11/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
01/12/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
08/12/19 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
05/01/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
12/01/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
26/01/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
02/02/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
09/02/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
16/02/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
23/02/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
08/03/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
15/03/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
29/03/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
05/04/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
19/04/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
10/05/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
17/05/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
07/06/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
14/06/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBA 15:00 – 17:00 Watford Leisure Centre Woodside
 21/06/20 14:00 – 15:00 TBC 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

2019 / 2020 SEASON DATES – postponed due to COVID-19

Sun 29th September 2019 – 09:00-17:30, Hatfield
Sun 13th October 2019 – 09:00-17:30, Hatfield
Sun 19th January 2020 – 09:00-17:30, Hatfield
Sun 1st March 2020 – 09:00-17:30, Hatfield
Sun 26th April 2020 – 09:00-17:30, Crawley
Sun 17th May 2020 – 09:00-17:30, Hatfield

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

1st Venue
University of Herts, Sporting Village, De Havilland Campus, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, AL10 9EU

2nd Venue
K2 Sports Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, RH11 9BQ

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP – postponed due to COVID-19

All National League matches are played at Nottingham Trent University – address below:

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.

 

2019 / 2020 SEASON DATESpostponed due to COVID-19 

14-15/09/19  Championship (Weekend 1)
16-17/11/19  Championship (Weekend 2)
08-09/02/20  Championship (Weekend 3)

14-15/03/20  Championship (Weekend 4)
18-19/04/20  Championship (Weekend 5)

30/05/20  FINALS DAY (featuring the playoff) + presentation Evening (Both Divisions)

06-07/06/20  FA Disability Cup Finals Weekend (featuring the WFA Cup final)

SEE WHAT POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL IS ALL ABOUT

WATCH THE VIDEOS BELOW & GET IN TOUCH … 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 – Michael McGrath, CEO of the charity commented:

“Here at The Muscle Help Foundation, we’re continually learning about the fantastic 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 a special one, underpinned by a deep understanding of the benefits derived by actively participating in sport. Over many years, I’ve witnessed the transformational power of sport, of being a part of a team and having a shared experience – there’s a great synergy, a positive spirit and a lot of fun associated with being a part of the charity’s Muscle Warriors PFC. This is reinforced by the our STRONGER TOGETHER tagline as well as our distinctive Muscle Warriors club strip. I’d like everyone to know that our transfer window is always open for those that wish to join the club! Best of luck to the team for the 2019/20 season!”

Interested?
Wanna learn more and get involved? Wanna have a go? Wanna volunteer for our club?

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 brilliant sport and there’s a tremendous team camaraderie. Everyone is most welcome!

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