Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) have agreed a sponsorship deal with the Scottish Powerchair Football Association (SPFA) that will see the National League competition supported for at least the next four years.
The funding will also allow the SPFA to help new clubs and teams gain access to the sport. Discussions have already taken place regarding developing a team from the Stirling area, watch this space for further information.
With the formation of our National Association (SPFA) and the support of MDUK, the growth of Powerchair Football in Scotland is assured, help more people access Powerchair football and enjoy the physical and physiological benefits of team sport.”
The SFA Powerchair Scottish Cup takes one last look over the River Tay before heading down to Stirling for the last competitive games of the season. Will the Tayside Dynamos retain the cup and bring it back to the side of the Tay or will any of the teams from the west coast, Glasgow Gladiator Bravehearts & Claymores or Clyde Caledonia & Alba take the cup back to the banks of the River Clyde. South Ayrshire Tigers will almost certainly have chance to take the cup back to Ayrshire, and we wish our newest team the Lothian Wolves all the best in their first competition.
Not forgetting our MSP guest team for the day, Brian Whittle, Colin Smyth, Dean Lockhart and Alexander Stewart, good luck gentlemen your going to need it.
Good luck to all teams competing, all welcome. Stirling Peak 11:30.
The draw for the Scottisch Cup 2017 was held at Stirling Peak on the 30th April.
Thanks to Gary Kernahan from MDUK who carried out the draw.
The format two groups who will play a round robin set of fixtures, with winners from each group contesting the final. League positions will be decided using the same criteria as the SPFA League Championship.
Good luck to all participating teams, and a special mention for our newest team Lothian Wolves who are competing in their first event, the very best of luck to the Wolves, remember whatever happens ? enjoy the day and the experience.
Group A: Clyde Alba; Glasgow Gladiator Bravehearts; Lothian Wolves; Clyde Caledonia.
Group B: Tayside Dynamo; South Ayrshire Tigers; Glasgow Gladiator Claymores.
All fixtures will take place on the 28th May 2017, Stirling Peak. 11:00 – 16:00hrs.
Heading into the final matchday, there were three teams who could clinch the Scottish Powerchair League Championship, Clyde Alba, Clyde Caledonia and current champions Tayside Dynamo.
All three were off to a flying start with victories in their opening games, Alba continued their terrific form of late and secured a second victory putting the pressure on the Dynamos who were to face Caledonia next. Despite a valiant effort from Clyde Caledonia the victory was secured by the Dynamos to set up a winner takes all finale.
Back in September 2016 when the fixtures were produced, it was very probable that many within the Clyde Alba and Tayside Dynamo ranks looked at the final schedule fixture (Clyde Alba v Tayside Dynamo) and thought, ” that could be a decider”, and so it turned out.
There was a great atmosphere between the teams and both posed for photographs with the championship trophy before the kick off. The friends, family and supporters of both teams were also enjoying the occasion and added to the atmosphere with their vocal support for their heroes. What a match they were treated to, Clyde Alba served up an onslaught to the Tayside Dynamo goal, however the Dynamo reargaurd were in the form of their lives (and had to be) to hold out for a 0-0 draw. Dynamos crowned champions for the third year, but unlike previous years by the narrowest of margins, huge credit to the Clyde Alba team, coaches and supporters for their sportmanship and congratulations to the Champions during and after the presentation of the trophy.
The Dynamos and Clyde Alba may have hogged the headlines at the close of the 2016/17 league championship, however all teams in the league can reflect on their own performances throughout the season with great pride. The standard of powerchair football being played increases day by day and our league has no easy games, on any given day any team is capable of winning. Next year there will be at least one team entering the league, the Lothian Wolves and work is underway to try and develop a team from the forth valley area, watch this space….
See you all at the Scottish Cup 28th May 2017, The Peak Stirling, 11:00-15:00hrs
The Tayside Dynamo charge for their third league championship was brought to halt as both Glasgow Gladiator Bravehearts and Claymores held the current champions. There were a mix bag of results for the other teams in contention with the exception of Clyde Alba who have peaked at the perfect time to earn three victories, with one matchday remaining can Alba continue their impressive form of late to seal a second League Championship ?
Matchday 4 is upon us, Stirling Peak Sports Village, Sunday 19th March 11:00am. All welcome.
Our newest team the Lothian Wolves will be making an appearance and are looking to play a couple of friendly matches, this will be co-ordinated on the day, please let match secretary Robert Sweeney know if you would like to take part.
Please take the time to introduce yourself to the Lothian Wolves and welcome them to the SPFA family.
Good Luck to All.
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Reminder to all those interested to get applications in to David McArdle at the SFA as soon as possible.
All information in regards to the squad can be found in the attached form (click here).
If you have any questions in regards to this Development Squad please contact David.McArdle@scottishfa.co.uk
Scottish FA Disability Development Officer
G42 9AY Or by email: David.McArdle@Scottishfa.co.uk
Another fantastic day of powerchair football at Stirling sports village yesterday (26/02/17). The day started well having had some discussions with the management at The Peak it was encouraging to find access arrangements improved and the heating system adjusted as required. Thanks to Robert Sweeney (Match Secretary) and the staff at The Peak for these improvements and I understand further work is on going to establish a home for the SPFA.
The day kicked off with a clash of the top two, there was never going to be anymore than one goal in this match between these auld rivals, Tayside Dynamos came out on top with a single first half goal, despite the second half onslaught by Clyde Caledonia the full time result 1-0. In the other match Gladiator Claymores continued their progression by edging out Clyde Alba 3-2.
South Ayrshire Tigers steadied there form by recording a hard fought goalless draw with Clyde Caledonia, before the Glasgow Gladiator teams played each other resulting in the Bravehearts collected their first win of the season.
Tayside Dynamo left it very late to score the only goal of the game against a resurgent South Ayrshire Tigers team, whilst the Gladiator Bravehearts continued their improving form by holding Clyde Alba to a scoreless draw.
Clyde Caledonia left it late to breakdown the Gladiator Claymore defence and required a penalty kick to break the deadlock, 1-0 the result. South Ayrshire Tigers found their form from matchday 1 and soundly beat the Gladiator Bravehearts 4-0. The biggest shock of the day was left till last as Clyde Alba demolished current champions and league leaders Tayside Dynamo 4 goals to nil in a bruising encounter.
Well done to all, its fair to say all teams had some issues on matchday 3, however lets focus on the positives for the first time ever all teams managed at least one victory, a sign the league is becoming more competitive ?
Matchday 4, 19th March, Stirling Peak 11:00 – 16:00hrs
The matchday secretary has published the fixtures / referees for matchday 3, please see below.
Matchday 3, The Peak, Stirling Sports Village, Forthside Way, Stirling (Directions – Click here)
All welcome, matches kick-off 11:30am, team representatives required from 11:00am for assisting setup/marking. Good Luck to all taking part.