Inspiring youngsters to play powerchair football

FINDING a new sport can be a pivotal moment in the life of a young person, especially for wheelchair users with limited opportunities to play active games.

However, in order to create potential within sport for the youngsters, The Albion Foundation hosted a powerchair tournament for 20 youngsters at West Bromwich Albion Leisure Centre.

Albion have been one of the leading forces within powerchair football in recent years, being the only club to boast of three teams competing in the top two divisions - with Albion's leading team having won the treble last season.

The tournament provided the first chance for Ihtsam Mussa, a student from Victoria School & Specialist Arts College in Birmingham, to play powerchair football.

"It's been really good," he said.

"I've enjoyed playing with my team mates.

"It's a really good opportunity, I have never done anything like this before."

It was a proud moment for Paul Hunt, the Senior Disability Development Officer at the Foundation, who has been at the heart of the developing powerchair setup at the charity.

"For the Foundation to put on an event like this is tremendous," he said.

"The idea is to get people that aren't currently playing powerchair football to take part and be active.

"From a social aspect, they are meeting new people and making new friends.

"Hopefully when they are chatting to each other the less experienced players can pick up some tips off the more experienced players."

The mixture of abilities between the players provided the environment for the newbies to learn, with Connor Hunter from Chadsgrove School, who was playing powerchair football for the very first time being another youngster looking to learn from the more experienced players.

"I'm very thankful that this is a thing," he said.

"It's exhilarating because of the speed of the chair."

For more information on the Foundation's powerchair setup, please contact