I didn’t discover powerchair football until I was over 30! Until then I’d never before played any team sport, infact the closest I came to sport was playing short mat bowls with a bit of drainpipe at sports day in school! Until I started playing I had never experienced the sudden rush of euphoria I felt when I scored the winning goal in a crucial premiership game! Graduating, getting my first job, house or passing my driving test doesn't compare! Being part of a team within competitive sport is something I have never been able to be part of, before I could only be a spectator. Powerchair football has opened up another world.
Powerchair Football is one of
It was very odd being in
The opening ceremony and 1st game was on the 1st evening, the venue was packed! Even at the Europeans there are only a handful of spectators so the 2000 at the World Cup, including at least 100 wheelchairs users with pitch side seating, meant the atmosphere was amazing. The group games were played over 2 days, one of the day’s
The next day’s match was against
Everywhere we go-o, EVERYWHERE WE GO-O, people always ask us, PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK US ….’
‘Angleterre, Angle-Angle-terr-er, n n n n n n n n n n naaa …
The match was absolutely amazing! Edge of seat stuff!
The Semi finals were to be played that evening and
Next England faced Belgium, this was also played on pitch A and was live streamed, I was very grateful that my powerchair has a riser facility as I still had a great view even though I was in the second row. The game was great to watch and although
The next day there were no games and so almost everyone descended on central
We arrived at the venue at 9am for the final day’s matches. I was determined to have front row seats for the England V
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