What is Powerchair Football?
Powerchair Football is a unique sport that provides opportunities for people with a high level of impairment to access the game of football. It is the only active team participation sport for people who use electric wheelchairs.
The sport is fast paced, dynamic and very enjoyable to watch. Due to the unique nature of Powerchair Football it allows all ages, disabilities and both genders to compete together. Powerchair Football enables disabled people to take part in regular activity and provides them with opportunities to compete. As a result it helps build key life skills such as teamwork and communication.
A social activity
However it doesn’t just provide sporting opportunity - powerchair football creates a great social environment for the players and their families as they experience the highs and lows of participating in the nation’s favourite sport. It brings strangers together, many of whom have similar stories and life experiences, creating friendships and bonds which last a lifetime.
Where is it being played?
There are currently 55 independent Powerchair Football clubs across England and a competition pathway from recreational activity, regional competitions, a National League and Cup, up to representing England on the world stage.
With over 1000+ players participating in the sport on a weekly basis, Powerchair Football is the fastest growing disability team sport in the country.
For the current season the Wheelchair Football Association have the following in place:
- National League (2 divisions, 24 clubs, 21 days of competition, 264 fixtures, 150 registered players)
- WFA Cup (19 teams)
- 6 Regional Leagues (North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands, South West, South East)
- WFA Education programme
- Coaching Powerchair Football course
- Referee training
- Classification training
- England team part of FA Elite programme
Kizzy, aged 10 says:
“I absolutely love Powerchair football, I’ve always wanted to play football but now I have finally been able to fulfil my dream of playing. I’ve made so many new friends and would recommend it to everyone”
If you are interested in finding out more or want to have a go, please visit the Wheelchair Football Association website or Facebook page and look out for any festival and taster events, or find your local club and contact them for more details.
Many of our clubs can provide all the equipment needed for you to try the sport and can provide something so you can even try in your own powerchair to start.