As you may be aware the EPFA Nations Cup will be held in Finland in May 2019 and the SPFA were invited to enter our National Team in the competition. Following discussions it has been decided that we will not be entering the competition.
I can assure you this decision was not taken lightly, our International committee consisting of the International coaches, myself as SPFA Chair, SPFA Secretary and Treasurer thoroughly considered the pros and cons of attending, we also consulted with other associations and the EPFA before making our decision. By attending the event in Finland it could potentially have seriously impacted on the funds available to us that are required to develop the game both domestically and internationally and we felt this risk was too high.
However, I can assure you this is not a backward step, we will now be putting a three year plan in place to enable this development and with the support of the SFA Para Football Association we are looking at having a programme that will develop our national team which will be challenging, exciting and competitive. This will take some time as we prepare and work with potential opponents and we will update you as soon as we are in a position to do so.
Our aim is to make Scotland competitive in the world of Powerchair Football and we firmly believe the plans we have discussed will enable us to do this.
This is notification that the SPFA AGM will be held on Sunday 10th June. All executive positions will be open for election, these are:
Fixtures & Officials
Nominations for officers of the Executive Committee must be sent to the secretary prior to the AGM. To allow time to collate and manage any nomination should be sent to SPFAemail@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday 6th June. Any nominations received after this date may not be considered for election.
All votes conducted at the AGM will be carried based on a simple majority. In the case of a tie the chairperson will have the casting vote.
This Saturday and Sunday sees our sport take a leap forward towards international football. We will be hosting guests from the EPFA to our event at Sportscotland Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre in Largs. This sees our first Scotland squad get together with our national team coaches, Garry Johnstone and Craig Peattie. Among those attending from the EPFA are newly appointed acting President Donal Byrne, Adam McEvoy and Sam Bull, the newly appointed and previous Sports Department Director.
This weekend will see development not just of players but there will be coaching training, referee training for our current and new referees and we will also commence the classification process and train our own classifiers to allow us to play competitively on the international stage.
One of our Clubs, Glasgow Gladiators is in the running for a share of up to £3 million of National Lottery funding. With 95 organisations shortlisted across the UK, we want you to vote for Glasgow Gladiators and help them offer more opportunities to disabled powerchair users.
Groups are competing for up to £50,000 of funding to improve the lives of people in their communities
This Sunday will see the penultimate set of games in both the MDUK premiership and Championship.
Clyde Alba currently top the premiership as they seek to wrestle the title from Tayside Dynamo’s, winners for the last three years. A three point gap separates Alba from Tayside and South Ayrshire Tigers. Alba will kick off the Premiership day with a game against Glasgow Gladiators followed by Tigers coming up against Tayside, a game that will surely decide who will be Alba’s biggest challengers.
Alba will then square up to Tayside and should results go their way this could see Alba clinch the title with two games to spare. Tayside, however will fight tooth and nail as they attempt to retain their title. The day finishes with Tigers coming up against Gladiators. Going by past matchdays all the games will be tightly contested as there is little between the four teams
The MDUK Championship looks like a two way battle between Lothian Wolves and Glasgow Gladiators Bravehearts and those two teams will come up against each other in the final Championship game of the day. Prior to this both clubs will face Clyde Caledonia who, although currently trailing will be looking for a couple of victories to get them back in the frame. It is looking like an exciting climax for all teams and it looks like it is going to go down to the final day to decide the first MDUK Championship winners.
Fancy trying out some disability sports and finding out what’s available near you? Join Muscular Dystrophy UK for a family fun sports day on Saturday 7 April, from 1pm to 4pm at the Peak in Stirling. It’s free of charge.
Scottish Disability Sports will give you the chance to try out a range of different disability sports, and will let you know what clubs and teams there are near you. Kids will have the chance to try out different activities, such as Powerchair football, Boccia and Swimming.
You’ll also all have the chance to meet other Scottish families, and enjoy some arts and crafts, children’s activities and face-painting.
The PEAK is a brand new indoor complex, which is wheelchair accessible and has onsite parking. Part of the Stirling Sports Village in Forthside, it offers swimming pools, ice rink, climbing wall, sport halls, a fitness suite and a café (Zak’s Kitchen) to eat in or take away.
PAMIS, who have recently acquired the first mobile Changing Places toilet in Scotland (the Pamiloo), will also be supporting the event. Contact PAMIS if you need fully accessible toileting facilities at any events you’re planning.
Following the recent postponement of the fixtures scheduled on March 18th a decision has been made on rescheduling.
We have been in liaison with the Peak to find a suitable alternative date, unfortunately due to limited availability this has not been possible. Therefore the fixtures scheduled for March 18th will now be played on April 15th. The fixtures scheduled for April 15th will now be played on May 27th.
May 27th was originally scheduled to be the Scottish Cup. Clearly we cannot fulfil all league and cup fixtures over two match days, therefore the Scottish Cup will be postponed. A further decision on this event will be notified in due course.