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What is Powerchair football?
Powerchair football is an internationally competitive sport governed by the Federation Internationale De Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA) played on Powerchairs it is very similar to Futsal/Football.
This description comes directly from “New Zealand Powerchair Football” (NZPF)
Powerchair football is a competitive team sport for people with physical disabilities who use powerchairs for their mobility.
The rules are similar to outdoor football with a few modifications.
Players include people with quadriplegia, neuromuscular conditions, cerebral palsy, head injury, spinal cord injury and other disabilities.
The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court.
Two teams of four players use their powerchairs to attack, defend and spin-kick a 13 inch football in an attempt to score goals.
Every powerchair has a guard to hit the ball.
Requirements : All players:
- Need to be using a powerchair
- Must be 8 years and over
- Must have sufficient control to ensure everyone’s safety
The Wanderers WASPS are the Waikato’s only Powerchair football team. We meet roughly fortnightly and have two seasons in a standard year. Currently we have approximately 8 team members with one Player travelling from Tauranga. The WASPS home is Hillcrest High School gym. Trainings usually last about 2 hours and are intense and fast, combining drills and games. A lot of the drills we use are taken and adapted directly from football. But just like Football we really just want to play games!
We have hosted open days and are plan an exchange with North Auckland (The hot competition) at the end of July.
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