The Foundation’s powerchair team featured in a film made by BT Sport, showcasing a three-year programme to inspire disabled people through sport. The Foundation has been running the team for three years and it plays regularly in the Wheelchair Football Association’s south-east league. Powerchair football is a four-a-side, non-contact sport that can be played by both genders and all ages – the age range in Palace’s team is from nine to 46.
Wilfried Zaha, Julian Speroni and Jason Puncheon are featured in the film as they took to specialist wheelchairs alongside the Crystal Palace FC Foundation’s powerchair football team, joining them in a training session at Waddon Leisure Centre.
Jason Puncheon watched admiringly as his team mates got to grips with the intricate skills demanded by the sport. The Palace ‘Family’ was well represented with Under 18 player of the year Luke Dreher, Palace Ladies Alma Donohoe and Ciara Sherwood and Academy player Levi Lumeka, also taking part.
The new funding from the Premier League and BT Disability Programme will help the Foundation achieve its goal of ensuring a chair for every player and will cover transport and hall hire costs. It will also enable the Foundation to employ an extra Disability Officer to co-ordinate the programme and promote inclusion.
CLICK HERE to watch the film made by BT Sport that was broadcast during their coverage of the Liverpool home Premier League match.