The 2017/18 league campaign kicks off this Sunday (8th October 2017) at Stirling Peak with the first fixtures in the MDUK Scottish Powerchair Premiership.
Play starts from 11:30, all players are requested to be available from 11:00am to be addressed by the Chairman and Head Referee of the SPFA regarding clarification on some of the laws of the game.
Note: It is the players responsibility to ensure that their chairs are legal to play (max 6kph), that is speed and fitting of the bumper, also players MUST have nameboards attached to the chair when playing, MDUK logos will be supplied on Sunday and MUST be attached to nameboards.
Lastly, due to the number of SPFA and MDUK banners that will be in place on league fixture days, teams are requested not to use any floor standing banners of their own.
Good Luck one and all, visitors always welcome !
The Scottish Powerchair Football Association (SPFA) were invited to Hampden Park on Monday evening to witness the on-going progress of our national side with a comfortable victory over Malta.
However there was more going on, Stewart Regen (Chief Executive of the SFA), Andy Gould (Head of Football Development SFA) and Davide McArdle (Para-Football Manager SFA) launched PlayAbility. (click here for full details)
This player centred plan sets out Scottish Football Association’s short, medium and long term objectives following on from Scotland United plan published April 2012.
The various disabled football sections (Powerchair, Hearing Impaired, Mental Health & Well Being, Blind & Visually Impaired, Cerebral Palsy, Frame, Learning Disability, Amputee, Autism, Dwarfism ) will now be united under the SFA’s Para-Football title.
PlayAbility sets out long term plans for all players within the Para-Football family to reach their potential, and has as an agreed framework for clubs and associations to access resources and support.
It is not often the “Blazers” at the SFA are applauded, however Playability is both innovative and inspiring and whilst we may not be world leaders on the pitch (yet !), as chair of the Scottish Powerchair Football Association I have to commend those at work within the SFA for the work that has been done so far and the world lead they are taking in Para-Football. I look forward to the coming years with more determination and drive having read “Playability…our game is the same 2017-2022.”
Dundee International Sports Centre was again the venue for traditional season opening competition, the Scottish League Cup.
Seven teams from across Scotland took part with two groups competing in a round robin format with the winners of each group playing each other to decide the winners.
History will look back and note that Tayside Dynamo and Clyde Alba contested the final again, however this does not give an accurate description of the raised level and standard of play by all the other competing teams throughout the day, with Tayside Dynamo only scraping through to the final after a penalty shoot out against the South Ayrshire Tigers.
Alas the final was again a very hard fought encounter with these two auld rivals, and yet again neither side could break down their opponenets defences. The game finished 0-0 and was decided on penalties, with Tayside Dynamo coming out on top.
Congratulations to both Tayside Dynamo and Clyde Alba who demonstrated true sportsmanship, although the final was a real tough encounter full of passion and determination, there was an abundance of respect before, during and after the game.
Thanks again to Dundee Disability Sport for facilitating the Discovery Games and allowing those who are differently abled to participate in all manner of sports.
Lastly, a huge thank you to our friends (Donal, Mark & Gerry) from The Association of Irish Powerchair Football (AIPF) for attending and mentoring our referreeing throughout the day, a considerable amount of progress has been made and we look forward to meeting up again in the near future.
Donal Byrne, Secretary, (AIPF) noted, “It was a great pleasure to visit the SPFA League Cup in Dundee and to see the progression in all the teams since my last visit two years ago. I hope that bringing our two experienced referees will lead to further progression in the months ahead and to further development and sharing of ideas and exchanges between our two countries.”
Reminder that the traditonal season opener, The League Cup competition is due to take place at the Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC), Mains Loan, Dundee on the 3rd September 2017 as part of the Discovery Games.
Fixtures will be posted after the draw this coming weekend (27/08/17).
Please note: The speed limit for this competition is set at 6/Kph.
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.