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!
At South London Special League we are doing our best to help Kyle fundraise.
Here is a link to his fundraising website:
Let’s get some enthusiasm up to help him raise money to buy his new Strikeforce Powerchair costing £7,000 (it’s like the Ferrari of PowerChairs that all the champions use). He has collected £4,000 already but we need your help to raise more!
I have mentioned before that one of our Players Kyle Alexander has been selected as part of the England Squad to play in the Powerchair Football World Cup in Florida July 2017.
This is fantastic. He now plays for a Premiership national club, Sevenoaks, but still trains on Thursdays at GPFC. This is where all his friends are, who he grew up with. To him GPFC is his life. Kyle is a totally committed young player who came to Greenwich Powerchair FC in 2008. This means that he must have started playing when he was 6 years old.
He is now 15 and attends Trinity school in Lewisham. This summer he will be doing his GCSEs.
I think we should follow his adventure to Florida. One of the most important things for Kyle and is family is to save up for a new Powerchair suitable for the World championships. These cost over £7000. Kyle has already raised about £4000. Still a bit to go. Then there is the travel for him and his family. It needs a very committed person with totally committed parents.
At South London Special League we are doing our best to help him fundraise, not forgetting that in 2014 Powerchair Football will be a Paralympic Sport! He will be 23 years old. How exciting to have a Paralympian that started his career with us!
On Thursday, December 1st Greenwich PFC played a friendly match against the Valence school team at the Waterfront Leisure Centre. Everybody had great fun!
Photos by Warren King
Yesterday I met a wonderful young man: Matthew Goodsell. He saw a film about our Powerchair Football Club on BBC London and wanted to come along and have a look, potentially to film it, well, his blog, (see link below) says it all…
Emily our female Powerchair football star is being interviewed by BBC Children in Need.
We are saying Thank-you to CARFEST for their serious fundraising for Children In Need!
My name’s Kieran Gibbons, I’m a power chair football player for Greenwich Powerchair Football Club. I’m also doing a degree in digital TV production. I helped make this video to highlight what the SLSL does and how it helps people.