Peter O’Brien – Clyde Powerchair FC

It is with deep regret that we have to pass on the news that Peter O’Brien passed away today. Peter played with both Clyde Alba and Clyde Caledonia and was an integral part of the Alba team that won the first national title.
Peter was forced to retire fror the game last year due to illness and despite battling bravely he succumbed to illness today.
A great friend to current Caledonia player Thomas McMahon, Peter will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all at Clyde and across all teams.
Our thoughts at the SPFA go out to his family and friends
We will pay our respects with a minutes applause before this weekends fixtures.

Scotland Squad Update

The SPFA International Committee have recently been preparing a three year plan to develop the National team and coaches. We can now reveal the first part of this plan covering the remainder of 2018.

We will be hosting a training event on Saturday 27th October at Dundee International Sports Centre. Invitations for this event will be issued to players shortly.

This is in preparation for what will be our first ever game. We have invited Middlesbrough PFC from the MDUK English Premiership with the potential of a second opponent to be confirmed. This will be held in SportScotland Inverclyde National Sports Centre in Largs on December 15th. Again invitations to players will follow.

These events are the first of what we believe will an exciting period for Powerchair Football nationally and internationally. Further information will followDSC_0242

UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship

In October Scotland are hosts of a UEFA Women’s Under-19 Preparatory Tournament which is related directly to the UEFA Women’s Under-19 European Championship Tournament which we are hosting in the summer of 2019.

The games are free to access and spread across the country this as an opportunity for people to attend a UEFA Flagship event for free in a variety of areas across the country.

With the first team qualifying for the World Cup in Paris the women’s game is on a high and t would be good for the next generation of players to get your support as they play against Spain, France and Denmark

MDUK National League 2018/19

The MDUK Premiership and Championship league returns Sunday 7th of October, The Peak, Stirling.

This league season will be a new beginning as we start with 2 separate leagues both able to play maximum speed for the first time.

Riverside PFC will enter competition in MDUK championship as powerchair footballs newest club. After a lot of effort put in to get the club up and running, players will be itching to get out on the pitch and make an impression.

The MDUK championship will also see newcomers Tayside DynamosIMG_1062 Yellow and South Ayrshire Tigers championship, additions from clubs Tayside Dynamo & South Ayrshire Tigers. Allowing opportunity for all players to compete. With such high standards set from their teams in the premiership already, we are sure to see 2 teams full of talented, determined players who have trained every week behind the scenes waiting for the chance to show their ability. Exciting times to see what all 3 of these new teams can add to this seasons MDUK championship.

Clyde Caledonia enter their second season as a team having had a difficult campaign last time, they have come out it stronger and ready to go again. With a mix of experience, youth, hard work and skill this team are more ready to compete than ever before.
As you can see Lothian Wolves have a lot of fierce competition for the title this season but based on the quality they have shown it would be no surprise to see them revile in it, maintaining, even raising they’re game in defence of the Championship crown.

MDUK Premiership seen a change of guard for the first time in 4 years with Clyde Alba dethroning Tayside Dynamo Blue at the top. Tayside Dynamo Blue have IMG_1131.JPGbeen the team to beat with an incredible winning mentality and you can bet all summer long the players have been working, waiting for this date to edge closer with a great determination to take back what was theirs for so long.

South Ayrshire Tigers Premiership and Glasgow Gladiators will have something to say about that. Tigers pushed for the title right up until the last day with it ending up just out of there reach. A chance to refresh throughout this break, analyse and come back stronger could see them go from the team who narrowly miss out to champions.

Glasgow Gladiators a team who arguably improved most throughout the season, were the only team to score a victory on to be champions Clyde Alba towards the end. It’s fair to say if the season had gone on a little longer it could have been a very different story for this team. They will go in to the new season ready to start strong and carry through, dark horses perhaps? Capable of anything this season.

The holders Clyde Alba will know all these difficult tests ahead. A team that battled for many years to get to the summit, with it all coming together last season having an excellent mix of quality and mental toughness to finally achieve that goal of becoming champions once again. A title they won’t want to give up easily. Everyone’s in it to win it, who you got?

epfaTo add a little extra spice, this year’s Premiership winners will face 2017/18 champions Clyde Alba in a play-off to win the right to represent Scotland at the 2020 EPFA Champions Cup.

Expect everything, quality football, twists and turns, ups and downs, passion you won’t see anywhere else. New heights can be set for powerchair football in Scotland this MDUK Premiership & championship season. all the unmissable action starts at the Peak in Stirling, see you there!

The   Championship Fixtures    and MDUK Premiership Fixtures Can be found here

Cerebral Palsy Conference 2018

The SPFA will be displaying our game at this years Cerebral Palsy Conference on Thursday October 4th in Hampden Park, Glasgow.

We are very proud of our links and the support given by MDUK but also appreciate our game is for powerchair users of any age, male or female and also any disability and we are looking forward to showcasing our game and working with our host at Bobath Scotland to hopefully raise the profile of the game and perhaps introduce Powerchair Football to a new audience. Hope to see you there.

Cerebral Palsy Scotland 2018 Conference


Powerchair user? Stirling , Fife?

Are you interested in Powerchair Football but don’t have a team close to you, then let us know. The SPFA are looking to develop the game wider to cover areas in Scotland where there currently isn’t the opportunity.
Our newest addition to Powerchair Football is in Stirling, Riverside FC have started training sessions in the Peak, in Stirling on a Monday evening from 7pm. Get in touch for more details or just pop along.
In Fife, we are starting to work with Disability Sport Fife and Glenrothes Strollers to gauge interest. If you are in the region and interested we would really like to hear from you.  You can IMG_1069get in touch with us or DSF.

Even if you are out with these areas we would be interested to hear from you.

You can contact us through our website on the contact page, by e-mail or through our Facebook or Twitter pages.

EPFA Nations Cup 2019

epfaAs 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.

Thank you

Willie Pettigrew

SPFA Chairperson