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Wheelchair Football - NMC Titans

The NMC Titans is a newly established powerchair football team based at the Neuromuscular centre. The team was set up in January following very successful taster sessions run as part of the summer’s sports days. The team is being co-ordinated by James Taubman (Manager) and Bryn Edwards (Chairman).

We have got a very enthusiastic committee ready to push the team as far as possible, including;

  • Bryn Edwards - Chairman
  • James Taubman - Manager
  • Mark Chapman - Coach
  • Ben Dale - Treasurer
  • Andrea Woodvine - Secretary
  • Miro Griffiths - Welfare Officer

The committee are going to be working together to produce high quality training sessions with the aim of competing in the regional leagues and then the national league. The committee members are all very enthusiastic to be involved in the set up and some have previously be involved in wheelchair football teams and can bring their experience forwards.

Sara Dickinson, a development officer from the Wheelchair football association, helped kick-start the team by providing wheelchairs and other necessary equipment on a fortnightly basis allowing for some initial sessions to go ahead sparking a fantastic amount of interest from a variety of people associated with the NMC. Unfortunately this was only a temporary arrangement which has now come to an end as Sport England discontinued their funding of the WFA and the FA not being willing to support wheelchair football. This means the club now needs to become self-sufficient with their own equipment and storage space, which as you can imagine doesn’t come cheap! Lyndsey Cannon, from the fundraising team at the NMC, is doing a fantastic job applying for and securing funding from various sources.

The team is soon to be affiliated with the Cheshire FA and will soon also be affiliated with the WFA allowing us to make connections with other local teams and begin to look at competing in the regional or national leagues. We will also need to have our own equipment and storage facility for the team to train on a regular basis and compete. Eric Malkin, wheelchair engineer, has agreed with the centre to source second hand sports chairs suitable for use as a new team.

The Titans currently use the sports hall facilities at Manchester Metropolitan University campus in Crewe and are looking to make this the long term training facility with the possibility of on site storage. The link with MMU also allows researchers at the university to carry out previously unexplored research into the possible benefits of powerchair football on those participating.

The team so far has had a wonderful response from those involved and others who have heard about it and the Titans are gaining momentum very quickly. It has attracted many people, men and women, from 18 to 53 and keeps on attracting new very enthusiastic members. It is a very exciting and worthwhile venture for the NMC to develop and we hope it will continue to grow into a top league team in the not too distant future.

At present the team is awaiting funding to purchase powerchairs and bumpers for regular use. The club has got a small sum of money and will be purchasing equipment such as footballs, cones, and bumpers to allow for some form of training in the mean time. Once these items have been purchased a date will be set to return to training in preparation to become the best team in the country.

Bryn Edwards