Nottingham Forest Powerchair Football Team (NFPFC) has eight players with various disabilities, and they plays in the Muscular Dystrophy UK National Championship. The Team belong to Nottinghamshire FA’s award winning Grassroots Disability Sports Club 2019, Nottinghamshire Powerchair Football Club. We recently spoke with Matt Smith who is the captain of NFPFC, about how the team are getting on and what they have to look forward to for the rest of the season.
“For those of you who do not know about this fast-growing sport, powerchair football enables people with disabilities the opportunity to play ‘the beautiful game’ and compete competitively against other teams nationally. The unisex sport is played with specially adapted powerchairs to allow the players to move the ball. Thus, enabling people with mobility issues (who would never usually have the chance to play), the opportunity to showcase their skills and be part of a team.”
Forest are currently halfway through the season and are languishing second from bottom (11th) they are out of the WFA Cup. To say the team is in a relegation battle is an understatement, with one win out of the nine matches played. On paper the situation looks bleak. However, the team has been hit by injuries and player classification issues which together has hampered the season so far. Fortunately, things are looking up as the players have been training very hard and classification issues have been sorted so confidence around the next set of fixtures, to take place on 8th and 9th of February is high.
Nottingham Forest face three teams in and around them in the table, goalkeeper and captain, Matt Smith said “defensively, the team is well versed, our offensive play needs improvement, which we have been addressing in training and we are looking good so here’s hoping for at least nine points from the four matches”.
The team play their league matches at NTU’s Lee Westwood Sports Centre and next weekend they play Teeside PFC (2nd), Cheltenham SW All Stars (10th), Muscle Warrirors PFC (8th) and Shifnal Town PFC (12th).