We’ve witnessed first-hand the fantastic impact that team sports can have on disabled people, instilling a sense of camaraderie in an exciting and adrenaline-filled atmosphere.
We’re proud to support these three inspiring teams, as well as others across the country. Each provides a perfect example of how anyone can get involved in disability sport, no matter what their level of ability is.
Portsmouth Amputee Football Club
Competing in the English Amputee FA League, Portsmouth Amputee Football Club is open to all ages and abilities. Their captain, Ray Westbrook, is an England international who has competed at World Cups in Argentina and Russia.
Ray says of the sport: “It means the world to me – I think about it every day, I can’t wait for training. I love the team.”
Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club
Powerchair football gives wheelchair-users the opportunity to compete a fast and exciting sport. It’s the only quick paced team sport that people with severe disabilities can take part in, offering a sense of team spirit and a rush of adrenaline that players might not experience with other sports.
Cath McNicol, founding member of the Middlesbrough Powerchair Football club, says: “There’s a sport for everyone if you’ve got a disability, you’ve just got to give it a go.”
North East Bulls Wheelchair Rugby Club
Wheelchair rugby is a fast, furious and full-contact sport. The North East Bulls’ Shaun Lacey says that players “need to be generally fit, have stamina, good coordination and enjoy being part of a team,” and encourages people to “just give it a go.”
The club was formed in 2002 and has participated in every major UK and European wheelchair rugby tournament.
Our lawyers and client liaison managers have close links with these teams and others around the country, so we could help you get involved with disability sport in your local area as part of your rehabilitation after serious injury.
For more information on disability sport, please visit the English Federation of Disability Sport’s website.