I play powerchair football every week in Lincoln as part of Lincolnshire Powerchair football club. The club currently consists of me and about 4 other guys, and we train every Tuesday evening for 2 hours.
The club has been going for about 5 years now, but we seem to be in a similar position to when we started. That is, training every week but not actually playing other teams.
We’ve been trying to find new players for a number of years but without much success. We could do with a couple more.
We have some sports powerchairs that are on loan to us by Lincolnshire Sport. These chairs are specially designed for playing powerchair football, and they are frighteningly FAST. They have a top speed of about 10 mph and can spin on the spot fast enough to flip you head over heels if you were standing next to it.
The chairs have to have protective bumpers on the front so that we don’t end up breaking our legs every time we play. Training sessions tend to resemble bumper cars more than a football match.
Over the last 5 years, the chairs haven’t been serviced so they are a bit battered and worse for wear. Some of them keep cutting out when driving or they are not as fast as what they used to be. This indicates a problem with their batteries. We need to buy some new ones but these are quite expensive.
Also, the screws that attach the bumpers to the front have been bent after many years of collisions. So they would need to be replaced too.
We have 7 chairs in total which all probably need something doing to them. We just need to work out the most cost-effective of doing it.
The situation is made more complicated because we don’t have full control of our bank account.
The original account was in the name of the 2 people that created it. But they are no longer involved with the club so we want to transfer the bank account to the names of our treasurers.
This is easier said than done because we can’t do anything with the bank account without the signatures of the 2 original people. Plus the bank account seems to have more security measures than Fort Knox so getting access to it is nigh on impossible, so far.
We don’t actually know how much money we have in the bank account at the moment so I don’t know whether we would be able to afford the new batteries or not.
So sorting out the bank account needs to be a priority for us. That will allow us to sort all the chairs out, which we need to do if we are to play in the league.
The East Midlands powerchair football league is starting up again in September. I would love to take part in it with the club but we need to sort out the aforementioned problems first.
Like I said, we have to make sure the chairs are all in working order. Plus we need to actually practice playing by the rules.
When we play games in the training session it’s usually quite chaotic and we don’t tend to play by the rules. We always tend to smash into each other (unintentionally), but this needs to change.
Trying to kill the opposition is frowned upon in the league, so we best practice playing by the rules.