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Match Report 25th February

We were really pleased with them yesterday especially Dan as it took him 5 Hours to get there! Dedication for you!

Report on GPCFC 25/2/18 Crawley Leisure Centre

GPCFC – Norwich 0-0

Asa Hems, Emily Campbell, Kieran Gibbons, Alfie Cambridge Sub – Archie Jones

Our first game was against the leaders Norwich FC and the players knew this was going to be a tough game; however the players have been training hard and were looking forward to it especially as we had all of our strike force chairs which were now operative. This has given their morale a great boost.

Our line – up was Asa in goal with Kieran, Emily and Alfie starting the game with Archie waiting in the wings. The game started as you can imagine at a very fast rate with both teams having chances. We started the brighter side which took Norwich by surprise. Alfie came off after 6 mins and Archie seized the chance to come on.  Alfie was able to continue in the second half when we took of Emily who had worked hard. Man of the match was Asa who had a great performance pulling off saves after saves. His communication at the back was vital. Asa said that it was nice to be Man of the Match but he said it was a team effort and thanks to Kieran and Alfie who defended well.  Both Archie and Kieran had chances to score but some good defending from |Norwich they were denied. The smiles on everyone’s faces at the end of the game told the story! Norwich had not lost a game or drawn before today’s game so it was a shock for them.

Credit to both sides!

GPCFC – Sevenoaks Development – 2-2

Asa Hems, Emily Campbell, Archie Jones, Daniel Holt – Subs: Kieran Gibbons, Alfie Cambridge

It took Daniel Holt five hours to get to Crawley from Bethnal Green due to train cancellations, delays and the station lifts not working. So having missed the first game he said he was not going to miss the second. This showed real determination, dedication and effort to get to the game. It was worth it for him as Dan Scored two goals which bring his tally to 5 this season so far.

We began the game brightly against Sevenoaks who are second in the League and nearly scored an early goal.  The goal came from a kick out from which Dan who moved onto the pass and scored a goal. Sevenoaks did not give up and come back with a goal 5 minutes later. We again deservedly went into the lead from another goal from our man Dan. We played more as a team but still made some silly mistakes and we were punished for not clearing the ball which made the final score 2-2.

We were really pleased with the player’s performance, determination and attitudes today. We all had a good day and left with smiles on our faces.

Race Night

Hi All,

Just to let you know more about our RACE night at the Badgers Sports Club on Friday 24th November. We thought this would be a brilliant way of socialising with every member of the club and its families plus this would also support our fund raising for a new power chair!
Just to let you know that it is FREE to attend and bets are no more than a pound!!!
Before I tell you about all the details please let me explain how the race night works. We have eight races and eight runners in each race. We are looking for a sponsor for each of the eight races which will cost £20. That person would then be responsible of selling the 8 horses in that particular race at a cost of £3.00 a horse. The people who buy a horse for £3.00 gets to choose the horse’s name.
E.G. – I am going to pay £20 to sponsor a Race and then I am going to get members of my family to pay £3.00 each for one of those 8 horses and then they would name their horse. This would then become Race 1. The owner of the horse will receive a prize if there horse wins the race.  (Bottle of wine, Chocolates etc.)
The winning horse of each 8 races automatically goes into an Auction race at the end where each horse is sold to the highest bidder on the night, with a large prize given to the winning owner of this race.
So we are looking for 7 sponsors (I am buying one so that leaves 7) and hope that one of you would pay £20 for one of the races and then get 8 people who would then buy a horse for £3.00

Betting

It will only cost you £1.00 to make a bet.

Venue

Badgers Sports Club
Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, SE9 5HT
(Just by the big McDonalds on the Roundabout)

Facilities

Car parking , wheel chair access and licensed bar avaialble

Time

Doors Open at 6.45 and the first race commences at 7.30. Get there early!!!!!!!!

Friends and Family

You can bring along as many people as you want. Bring your parents, carers, cousins, aunts, uncles, Nan and grandads, next door neighbours or your closest friends.
If you have any donations for prizes bring them along over the next couple of weeks please.

Thank you
Josie and Rhea

Greenwich Powerchair FC Match Report

Sunday 1st October, Crawley Leisure Centre

Game 1

Greenwich v Brighton Seagulls
Team: Asa, Kieran, Alfie, Emily and Archie

Our First league game took place at Crawley Leisure centre and the players were excited and looking forward to playing. Having had our speed tests completed the players entered the hall eager to play their game. We started the game with Asa in goal with Emily on the right in her new strike force chair and Alfie on the left with Kieran in the middle. The team settled down very quickly and begun passing the ball around very confidently. We were 3-0 at half time and went on to win the game 4-0. A very pleasing result with goals scored from Emily, Kieran, Alfie and an own goal although credit should go to Archie for this goal.

Above. Emily Campbell in her new Strike Force powerchair.

Game 2

Greenwich v Invictus
Team: Asa, Emily, Archie, Alfie and Daniel.

Our second game was against Invictus who scored two early goals which startled our performance. We lost 6-0 which was disappointing for us but an experience that we will learn from.

However we all enjoyed the day and looking forward to our next league game.

Above. With our coaches, Rhea Josie and Aaron

Fund Raising at the Coop

Above. David Gale, one of our members, collecting for Greenwich PFC  at the Coop, Shooters Hill Rd on Saturday 9th September.

The Greenwich Power Chair Football Club once again visited the Co-op in Shooters Hill Road to raise money for the Club. We successfully received £90.14.

Our Thanks go to the Manager Zaneta Turzynska and her staff who supported us on the day and to all of those customers that were shopping.

The following players  Daniel Holt, Alfie Cambridge, Kieran Gibbons, Emily Campbell and David Gale attended on the day speaking to customers to raise the profile of the Club. A big thank you to Parents who also supported their Children on the day.

Above, Daniel Holt and Alfie Cambridge. Below, Dan and Kieron

Kind words from the BBC

Here are some wonderful words about Shea from the people at the BBC who worked with him.

Sharon.


“This is desperately sad news. He was such an optimistic, thoughtful, mature person, and it’s so unfair that he’s died at such a young age, having already battled cancer. His outlook and philosophy on life was terrific.”
Raph

“Incredibly sad to hear about Shea, really was wonderful to have had the opportunity to meet him. As Raph says, he was so positive and very talented; the way he helped and encouraged the rest of the team was so inspiring too.”

Carrie

Open Letter in memory of Shea French-Gibbens

Shea was an inspirational young man who lived with Cerebral Palsy. I have known him since he was eight years old when he was the first member of Greenwich PFC.

Without Shea’s determination there would not be a Greenwich Powerchair football club. Ten years ago he fought to ensure disabled young people in Greenwich had the opportunity to play an exciting competitive team game.

They chose Football, Powerchair Football. It is the desire of so many young people to play the Beautiful Game, our common language. And so it was with Shea! With the support of Greenwich Council, Greenwich PFC was born!

I have so many joyous  memories of Shea. His love of playing the game.

On one of our first tournaments away in the National League, so many years ago, he said to me that it meant so much to him to go into school and talk about the goal he scored at the tournament he played in. This was for the first time. He would be just like the other boys! Incredible! Tears welled up in my eyes when I realised the difference this meant to him and all the other young people like him..

Last year he was filmed by BBC Children in Need. He said so many incredible things about what it meant to him to play Powerchair Football, to be part of the team at GPFC and how the friends he made had opened up his life! He was an inspiration to us all and so many other disabled children.

Above. Shea receives his Jack Petchey award in 2012 from the Mayor of Royal Greenwich, David Grant and Nick Raynesford MP

Adam Huggett

Adam Huggett, a Jack Petchey Award Winner

Adam is a 12 year old boy who started attending training sessions at Greenwich Powerchair Football Club in April 2016. He suffers from a physical disability called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy as well as Autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Oppositional defiant disorder. 

Now Adam is feeling that he finally belongs somewhere, valued and part of a team.  On asked what being a part of Greenwich Powerchair Football Club means to him, he replied ‘I enjoy wheelchair football as I feel part of a team. I have gained confidence and a lot more independence since starting and have made friends. I would definitely recommend anyone to try wheelchair football, it is a lot of fun.’

Above: Adam with his mother and sister.

Above: Adam with the Leader of Royal Greenwich, Councillor Denise Hyland

Above: Adam, Denise Hyland with the players from Greenwich PFC, Denise Hyland,  as well as helpers and staff, Sharon Brokenshire MBE, Jonathan Dixon (director), Rhea Daly (coach), Joe Sheehan (Coach)

Above: Adam and Alfie

Above: The Leader of Royal Greenwich, Councillor Denise showing off her skill joining in with the young players!