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New Power Chairs For Foundation Disability Team

Newcastle United Foundation has purchased two new power chairs for its Power Chair football teams.

Funding for the new equipment came through a combination of donations from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland and the Boshier-Hinton Foundation, as well as a sponsored walk along Hadrian’s Wall undertaken by staff from the Foundation and Percy Hedley.

The chairs will enable the Foundation to widen access for disability participants who want to play the game and enhance the equipment available to our current Power Chair teams.

It’s an exciting time for disability football at the charity. The Foundation’s Premiership and Championship Power Chair teams kicked off their opening NEPF League fixtures this month. Many of our new junior participants, who only began their playing careers with us last year, made their debut in the Championship division.

Rachel Bickerdike, Business Development Manager at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Freemasons, the Boshier-Hinton Foundation, and the staff at Percy Hedley.

“Their support of the Foundation has allowed us to purchase this vital equipment for the Power Chair team, which is attracting more players every single week and going from strength to strength in the league.”

Brian Denton, of the Freemasons of Northumberland, added: “I am delighted to see the difference that the donation from the Freemasons of Northumberland has made to the Foundation this year. The fact that we have contributed to the purchase of two new Power Chairs is wonderful, and I am pleased to see them being put to good use by such talented players!”

You can find out more about our Power Chair teams, and other disability football projects, here!


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