Percy Hedley School And Newcastle United Foundation Set For Hadrian’s Wall Power Chair Football Trek
Fundraisers will embark on an ambitious 42 mile walk in April to raise funds for the Percy Hedley and Newcastle United Foundation Power Chair Football Youth Team.
Foundation Disability coaches Reggie Dornan, Mark Daglish and Mick Woods will join 17 other fundraisers who will spend two days walking the length of more than 600 football pitches, along Hadrian’s Wall from Brampton to Heddon on the Wall.
Money raised through the trek will be put towards the cost of two new Power Wheelchairs, which will allow the club to build on its promising early progress. It will also allow the team to have enough chairs to enter a development team to compete in the North East Power Chair regional league.
In order to be competitive at this level, specialist Power Chairs are required costing approximately £7,500 each.
The youth team, which has been running since September 2017, was set up in partnership with the Foundation. The team now has 12 registered players between the ages of 6-16 and is coached by our own full time WFA qualified coaches.
Reggie Dornan, Senior Disability Football Development Officer at Newcastle United Foundation said: ‘Power Chair football is fast paced and exciting and it gives the players a real feeling of belonging and achievement.’
‘The team has gone from strength to strength since its launch and it would mean so much to everyone involved to take that next step in our development’
‘Because we have great numbers participating every week newer specialist equipment enables all the children attending to have a chair of their own for the full one hour session’
Oli Crawshaw, a pupil and player from Percy Hedley School added: ‘I never thought I’d be able to play football until I started Power Chair football. It’s helped me to make new friends and I love it.’
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