Photos from South East England Powerchair Football League Tournament on Sunday 10th January at Surrey University.
Team Members: Kyle Alexander (Team Captain); Shea French-Gibbens; Kieron Gibbons; Emily Cmpbell; Archie Jones.
Sunday 10th of January 2016: Surrey University.
Greenwich PowerChair football club played their first game in the new year against Evergreen. Greenwich PowerChair FC was playing great football and working collectively as a team. Evergreen took the lead first winning 1-0. Two minutes later Greenwich PowerChair FC took possession of the match passing the ball effectively to allow Kyle Alexander to score. The score was level and finished at 1-1 the match showed that the players hard work from training is paying off.
The second game was against Brighton and was nothing like the first game. Some of the players were starting to feel tired. Brighton had a very strong individual in the middle, blocking any shots Greenwich had and attacking quickly putting pressure on the defence. Towards the end of the first half Greenwich started to slow down and Brighton begin to attack. They scored 4 goals but really should have been given just 3 goals due to a Brighton player hitting Greenwich chair at the side., causing the chair to freeze. The game ended 4-0 Brighton. This is our firts defeat in our new division. So, well done Greenwich!
Aaron Cloke is our Jack Petchey Achievement award winner this month. Aaron came as a volunteer to help with Greenwich Powerchair Football club. He has recently had his 25th birthday. Aaron is keen and enthusiasttic, helping to enable our players.
Back Row: Joe Sheenan (Volunteer) Frances Dean (Development Officer) Jessica Landeryou (Coach) Sharon Brokenshire (Director, SLSL) Steve Johnston (Strategic Manager, SLSL) Arun Cloke (Volunteer) Front row: Emily Campbell (player), Matthew Pennycook MP (guest player) Kyle Alexender (Captain) Shea French-Gibbens (player) Liam Prospere (Player)
Our new MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, Matthew Pennycook visited Greenwich Powerchair Football Club at our training session on Thursday 12th November. He thoroughly enjoyed himself, joining in with the young players, swiftly aclimatising himself to how to manange these speedy and tricky to handle power chairs. Not easy!
This was his first visit to an activity mamanges by South London Special League. We do hope to see him again in the not too distant future!
Above left to right. Emily Campbell, Shea French-Gibbens, Kyle Alexander Archie Jones
Our first game back into a new league from being promoted last season and we played brilliantly. Greenwich took on Muscle Warriors which was going to be a hard game for the players. They played to the best of their ability and were able to take the lead by scoring the first goal past Liz the GB goal keeper. Unfortunately for Greenwich Muscle Warriors got a goal back an were back into the match minutes after a screamer from Kyle Alexander putting Greenwich ahead with two minutes to go. 50 seconds to go and Kieran misses the ball. Both teams are now level, the score ended 2-2. Well done Greenwich, an excellent start to the season!
Second game we played was against Portsmouth. This was a very close game both teams had their chances of scoring. We played well as a team passing the ball around the pitch in the first half we had a great opportunity from Emily Campbell as she hit the far post with a powerful shot. This ended up in a Portsmouth goal kick. It was an exciting moment for other players and the parents as we thought the goal was going in. final score ended at 0-0. All team members from Greenwich played outstandingly. They should all be pleased with their performances in both matches on their first tournament in the premiership! Managers from other teams commented on Greenwich performance, saying that they’ve come on a lot and played well in this league which plays this high standard of football.
For those of you who didn’t make it to the AGM/ Presentations yesterday here is a round up of the results :
Above. Team photo from Left to Right: Emily Campbell, Archie Jones, Kyle Alexander Shea French Gibbens, Kieran Gibbons. Greenwich PFC won their division at the WFA Regional League!
Greenwich PFC. Part of South London Special League
Sunday 5th July were the last league matches of the season held at Surrey University Sports Centre. Greenwich Powerchair FC were currently top of the league with a two point lead and needed a win to guarantee promotion to the South East England Regional Premiership League. The last game of the season was against Brighton Seagulls, a team that Greenwich have come up again twice previously in the season in both the league and the cup, winning both games 3-0 and 4-0.
The game began, and for the first 10mins Brighton were unable to get the ball out of their half yet Greenwich had failed to score. A short time later Kyle Alexander hit the ball towards the back post for Archie Jones to come on and score a goal. A few minutes later Archie scored his second 2-0, which stood until the half time whistle. In the second half 2 more goals were scored coming from Kyle Alexander and Shea French-Gibbens, to finish of the season with a 4-0 win and be promoted as League Champions.
This was a great day for all players, with the awards of Golden boot and player of the year both went to our fantastic Captain Kyle Alexander! (above). These were awarded at the presentation later on that afternoon. With great pride we also received Fair Play team of the year, a huge achievement! What a season! We cleaned up! Well done to all the players and especially to to Rhea our Coach and to Jessica Lander her assistant.
Not only did they enable the team to win but never losing sight of the importance of FairPlay and Respect, part of our ethos! Have a well-deserved rest now, Rhea, and prepare for the arrival of your new baby! Thanks also to all the parents and carers and to our driver, Steve Evans who all helped make this achievement possible!
All I can say is well done everyone! And especially well done to GREENWICH who took the second division and all its titles!!
Happy summer all. x
Above. Emily Campbell, Kieran Gibbons and Shea French-Gibbens with the Trophy celebrating winning their division at SE England Powerchair Football Association
GPFC Regional league Tournament May 25th at Guildford University Sports Centre
Unfortunately Norwich were unable to put a full team out, therefore Greenwich Powerchair Football Club were awarded the win (3 points) and took part in a friendly game.
The next game was against Portsmouth in the South East Regional Cup. For the first 10 minutes Greenwich were dominating the game with Portsmouth unable to get out of their own half; showing the full strength of the team and the improvements they have made over the past 2 years. Suddenly the referee continuously awarded Portsmouth free kicks for 2 on 1 however Greenwich formation and phase of play hadn’t changed; changing the game completely. A report will be going in to the WFA on the referees performance.
Unfortunately for Greenwich, Portsmouth scored with 4 minutes to go from a mistake from the back as the ball was cleared from the Portsmouth half directly to the Greenwich goal. This was a Cup match which means they’re now out of the WFA Cup. Great that they got his far though. It is a tough competition!
Greenwich Powerchair FC receives the FA Charter Standard at SLSL 10th anniversary party on June 4th 2014. With Mayor of Greenwich 2013-14, Angela Cornorth and Deputy Mick Hayes.
Over the years and especially since 2012 Olympics and Paralympics South London Special League have diversified, offering other sports , including archery, tennis, cricket, tag rugby, never losing sight of the need for excellent organisation and delivery. This year the Powerchair Football club (Greenwich PFC) has received the FA Charter Standard!