NUF Power Chair Team Crowned Division One Champions!
Newcastle United Foundation’s Power Chair team have been crowned Champions of Division One in the North East Power Chair League for the very first time.
The team, Elliott Caswell, Nick Packham, Dale Jobey, Nicola Thompson and Glenn Miller are all members of the club’s NUDSA group and have come along way since the team started three years ago. Having only secured their first actual win last year they have been on a winning streak ever since.
The group visited St James’ Park this week to collect their trophy. Elliott (pictured), who is the youngest in the squad, aged just 16, is currently away taking part in the NCS (National Citizen Service) programme.
In addition to the main award, Dale and Glenn each received a medal for being joint top scorers in the league.
Sam Little, from Newcastle United Foundation, has coached the team over the last two seasons, supported by Kat Easson and Adam Parry from Percy Hedley who have assisted with a lot of technical input in the coaching sessions, and offered use of the Sports Academy Sports Hall at Killingworth for training sessions.
The team currently only has two second hand power chairs and is very grateful to Percy Hedley who loan the players the remaining three chairs required for the full five man squad and help with transport.
Newcastle United Foundation Disability Coach, Reggie Dornan said: ”The Power Chair team have been so determined and worked so hard. They fully deserve the reward of winning the NEPC league. Their coach, Sam Little, has put a lot of time and effort into the sessions and he and the team are reaping the rewards.
“We are indebted to Percy Hedley for their technical assistance, training facilities and transport. Without these the team would not have been in a position to start the team and for training to operate on a weekly basis.
“We are attracting new players, which is fantastic, and we have two starting with us in September when the sessions re – commence. There is still a chance to get involved so if there are any players, male or female, aged 16 years old or over who would like to join the sessions, please get in touch”
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