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Watching my first powerchair football match

As I trundled down to woolwich yesterday I was in two minds over whether to participate in powerchair football practice. My shoulder feels back to normal, the pain almost completely gone; but I was concerned that it would flair up again as soon as I got into one of those awesome wheelchairs. I told myself that I would just do half an hour's practice or so, and see how I felt.

However, my fretting turned out to be moot. As soon as I got to the sports hall, I was greeted by the quite impressive sight of two powerchair football teams warming up to play a full march. I'm not yet a proper member of the team so I couldn't play, but I was warmly invited to stay and watch. The match was set to begin about half an hour later, giving me time to nip for a coffee in Woolwich high street.

When I got back, they were about to kick off. I made my way to the touchline and got ready to watch. I was quite surprised by how close to normal football it was, complete with referee and linesmen. They first held a minutes silence because it was November the Eleventh, and then got going with two halves of twenty minutes.

The action was fast and exciting. Unfortunately, the visiting team, whose name I never caught, clearly dominated the game. Yet I was easily able to get into the exciting game, cheering the guys on while trying to avoid anyone accidentally ramming into me. It ended two goals to none to the visiting team, but it was still a great game to watch. In fact it was quite a nail-biter as it drew towards it's close.

Rolling home last night, I felt as if I had just experienced something new and great. Watching that game made me eager to see more; maybe I will take Lyn next time, and I really must tell my cricketing friend James about it. Powerchair football is a great new sport not many people will know about, but from what I saw yesterday afternoon, it has as much power to draw people in as any other. The film I want to make about it is going quite slowly at the moment, but I know it will get there eventually: I want to help give the world a taste of what I saw yesterday; to help others feel the excitement I felt as I sat in that sportshall. I'm not sure whether I will ever be able to play at any decent level, but I now really want to help give others a glimpse of that great game.


[Edited 12/11/2017 at 10:18:16 - added link]

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