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Exeter City Powerchair football team

Video: It's a life changing activity, but a lot of "people don't know about it"

Every month Exeter City Community Trust, Exeter's leading health and wellbeing charity, host powerchair football training sessions for all ages at Cranbrook Education Campus. For some. It's life changing. For others, it's just "amazing." Powerchair football is a unique sport aimed at people with a high level of impairment to access the game of football. 

The game is for anyone who uses a powered wheelchair or those who have limited movement in a manual wheelchair. It's fast-paced, dynamic and very enjoyable to watch. 

Troy Willicombe, CITY Community Trust Powerchair football player, can't recommend it enough. "It's really fun but not many people know about it," he said. "I would highly encourage everyone to come down, give it a go, and enjoy it! During our training sessions, we do dribbling exercises, shooting drills and take part in regular matches and tournaments. 

"The best thing about powerchair football is the adrenaline and making friends with my own team and other teams. The coaches at CITY Community Trust make it fun and engaging too, they're great and they've helped me developed leaps and bounds as a player. 

"If powerchair football wasn’t apart of my life, I would probably be stuck in my room playing Xbox all day. It makes me leave the house and socialise with my friends."

Amilia Kwiecinska, who's been part of Exeter City's Powerchair football team for four seasons, added. "I enjoy meeting the people and socialising with them, I've met lots of new friends since playing. We take part in competitions roughly every month, which is fun and competitive, and we usually travel to Taunton to play our competitions, but sometimes we travel further. I would highly recommend powerchair football, it's an amazing sport."

City Community Trust run sessions in conjunction with the Devon FA, held at Cranbrook Education Campus, once a month on Saturday's from 11:30-1pm. For more information, or to get involved, contact will.allan@ecfc.co.uk or visit their powerchair football Facebook page: ExeterCityPFC.

 

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