On behalf of the Scottish Powerchair Football Association, we wish all our members, friends and colleagues at home and around the world, a very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year.
The weekend of 19/20 May 2018 will see the SPFA in association with SFA Para-Football host a weekend of development for coaches, referees and players.
More details will follow, however the plans will include FIPFA/EPFA International classification for all players involved in the SPFA, approved referee and coaching course and lastly but most importantly player development.
The weekend of development will take place at the Inverclyde National Training Centre at Largs (www.nationalcentreinverclyde.org.uk), in Associaction with SFA PAra-Football and will be supported by the International Powerchair Associations EPFA/FIPFA.
Please take note for diaries, weekend intinerary of events to follow……..
Another hectic day in the Muscular Dystrophy Scottish Premiership at the Peak in Stirling for Matchday 2.
Plenty of goals and some terrific performances particularly from Clyde Alba, Glasgow Gladiators and new league leaders the South Ayrshire Tigers, they will be joined by current champions Tayside Dynamos in the new 10K play off matches for the MDUK Scottish Premiership title.
Not forgetting Glasgow Gladiator Bravehearts, Lothian Wolves and Clyde Caledonia who will compete in the 6K MDUK Scottish Championship, which will be no less competitive.
Good luck to all when the plays-offs commence after the Winter break.
Special thanks to those who volunteered to step up to support our game by taking on roles as officials, along with our existing referees they deserve a huge amount of credit for what is a mostly thankless and very difficult task, as ever they should be respected for the role they play in facilitating our game.
@TheSPFA spent the day today at the #MDUKConf17, thanks to @TaysideDynamos and @Clydepowerchair for representing the Scottish Powerchair Football Association.
It was fantastic show casing our sport and meeting lots of new friends, particular thanks to Tom and Krishan for looking after us and thanks again to Muscular Dystrophy UK (& friends) for their support.
Lastly well done to Lewis for winning the penalty challenge, 3 penalties bang on the money with a maximum 150 points.
The Muscular Dystrophy UK Scottish Conference takes place this weekend 11th November at the Golden Jubilee Hotel, Glasgow ((Click here for more information)).
The Scottish Powerchair Football Association will be there to showcase our sport and highlight the benefits of playing and competing in a team sport.
If you are an SPFA player and can spare an hour or two around lunchtime to show off your skills please contact Garry (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible, also any members of the committee (or clubs) available to assist throughout or part of the day please notify Garry Johnstone as soon as you can please.
If you like to help facilitate the beautiful game for those who are differently able, why not volunteer to become a referee or assistant referee in Powerchair Football.
The Scottish Powerchair Football Association (SPFA) will support and train you to become an official SPFA referee to support the National League and Cup competitions.
The SPFA are members of the European and International Powerchair Football Associations and there will be opportunities if required to progress to international standard.
The National competitions will require 6/7 days a year (normally Sundays – monthly), with 1/2 days for training annually. The international development would be at your own discretion.
Please email email@example.com or use the contact portal on the website to register your interest, if you would like to know more about the sport please use the same contact details.
On behalf of National Team coaches, Craig Peattie, Ryan Galloway and Garry Johnstone, well done to all who took part in todays event. The respect shown to all the coaches and fellow powerchair footballers was exemplary.
As coaches we would hope that as we try and steer you players in the direction we want to play our international game, we can only hope that as players you take the time to listen and try your best to achieve the objectives being set for you.
Every Player involved today without exception raised their game as required, and in spells despite this being our first training session there was some terrific play and goals scored. On behalf of your coaches we cant wait for the next session and the chance to take our game on another level.
Thanks to all the parents, carers and volunteers who again helped out in making sure our players strive to achieve the best of their ability.
Lastly, please note these national training and development days are facilitated by the Scottish Football Association under there Para Football, “PlayAbility” plan. Please take the time to read this document (on our previous posts) as this published plan is a framework to allow all to participate in football from cradle to grave irrespective of age, ability or disability. We may not be leaders on the pitch but we are certainly world leaders in terms of football for all.
A little early in the season to make any predictions, however clear to see that the changes to the team line ups have had a dramatic effect on some of the team performances.
Beginning of the new season and our first player to be profiled is Connor McCole.
Full name ? Connor McCole
Age ? 19 years
Team ? Clyde Alba
Position ? Left winger (sort of)
Favourite TV programme ? Game of thrones
What would be your perfect meal and who would you share it with ?
Steak and chips with Christiano Ronaldo
If you were to be deserted on an island what three things luxuries could you not live without ? Phone, Television, FIFA.
Favourite music ? House, Club Music my least favourite is RAP music
How did you hear about powerchair football and what attracted you to the game ?
It was through a friend of mine, and I thought this was something new to try as there are not many sports like powerchair football out there for people in wheelchairs.
How long have you been playing ? At least four years.
What is the best thing about powerchair football ? Playing in a team and meeting new people
What would you be doing if you weren’t playing football ? definitely partying more at weekends
What has been your most memorable moments in powerchair football ? Everything really, winning the League four years ago was obviously a good memory, disappointed to be runner up a few times but everything has been perfect really.
In your team who has the best sense of humour ? I would say my team mate Lewis McConnell he is quite funny and a good laugh
In your team who is the most likely to be sent off ? Thomas Pettigrew !
What advice would you give to any one who was considering trying out the game ? I would say just go along and try it because it is a good sport
Personal goals for the season ? Just to play the best that I can and hopefully win the League
Thanks Connor, best of luck for the rest of the season.
If you would to find out more information or enquire about playing or volunteering with The Scottish Powerchair Football Association to ensure footballers like Connor have access to the game, fun and socialising with new team mates andof course take part in National competition please get in touch, firstname.lastname@example.org