ORGANISERS of regular multi-sport activities for the disabled are launching a new football team for users of motorised wheelchairs.
The aim is to establish the West London Panthers as a force in Powerchair football at the West London Academy in Bengarth Road, Northolt, with a view to taking part in matches and festivals with other wheelchair teams.
Regular training sessions will begin tomorrow (Saturday), from 10-11am, with further get-togethers planned on November 21, December 5 and 19.
The sport involves teams of four playing on an indoor basketball-type court. Wheelchairs are fitted with 'bumpers' that can propel the ball towards the goals.
All the sessions are overseen by qualified and experienced coaches and open to all ages, regardless of playing experience. All equipment is provided - apart from the wheelchairs.
Peter Shears, who is from Brentford FC's community department and is involved in the project, said: "Middlesex FA want to develop a team in the area that can compete with other teams already playing in Tottenham, Camden and Chelsea.
"The game is quicker than manual wheelchair football, but hands are not exposed by being out-side the wheelchair as in manual chair football.
"We hope to attract a bit of interest once people are aware of it and believe it will prove popular."
For more information contact Matt Edwards, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, power-chair football co-ordinator, on email@example.com or 0845 262 9495.