PALACE PLAYERS GO BETWEEN THE STICKS AT POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL
Our Powerchair football team was visited by Vicente Guaita and Chloe Arthur. The team is unbeaten this season and sits at the top of the South East Powerchair Football League second division!
Our Palace Powerchair football team had a surprise visit from first team goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and Palace Women midfielder Chloe Arthur at their weekly training session last month
Our Powerchair team is currently unbeaten this season, sitting at the top of the South East Powerchair Football League second division, having just missed out on the top spot last season.
One player who has excelled this season is Stanley Ball , who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is the most common and severe form of muscular dystrophy. Stanley is the second highest goal scorer in the league, contributing 11 of the Eagles’ 30 goals in the 2022/23 campaign so far.
Powerchair football is a unique sport that provides opportunities for people with a high level of impairment to access the game of football, and is played using specially designed powered wheelchairs in order to manoeuvre and hit an oversized football.
At our weekly training sessions, at Waddon Leisure Centre in Croydon, Vicente Guaita and Chloe Arthur came down to get involved.. They started by first chatting with the players to understand how the game works before participating in a pre-game drill of kick dodgeball. Towards the end of the session, a match was played with Guaita and Arthur playing in goal which finished in a close 0-0 draw. The Powerchair team also had the opportunity to take photos and sign shirts with the players at the end!
Vicente Guaita commended the players when asked about his experience of the day: ‘’ it is easier when you have everything so it is important for myself to help out others when I can and I am hoping for a rematch soon’’.
Chloe Arthur was also impressed with the players: ‘’It’s amazing to come and see a sport like this. I feel like I’m a proper fan now! It is important to come and be part of the community to see people from different walks of life’’.
To finish off an amazing week, the Powerchair football team were invited to Selhurst Park for the game against Leicester. The team bought their successful winning streak and luck with them as they witnessed a Palace win with a last-minute winner from Mateta.
The day started with the team coming along to the fan zone. Here, they answered questions about Powerchair football and their outstanding season so far. At halftime, they were given the opportunity to come pitch-side and receive their Fair Play award, which resulted in a loud cheer from the home crowd.
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