Students take on premier league footballers in a game of powerchair football

Students take on premier league footballers in a game of powerchair football

Elite powerchair football students from Queen Alexandra college have taken on some famous faces from the footballing world to celebrate the launch of the college’s newest sport course.

The Birmingham-based college recently launched its Elite Powerchair Football programme for young people with high needs aged 16-24, who use either a powered or manual wheelchair.

Students played in a friendly match against Albion Foundation, finalists in the powerchair footabll Champions League, and even took on a group of West Bromwich Albion players, including Ben Foster, Claudio Yacob and Salomon Rondon, winning the game 6-0.

The new course involves 12 training hours per week – the recommended time for elite performance – plus a timetabled programme of vocational qualifications, independence, employment and functional skills.

Working in partnership with registered charity, the Albion Foundation, the course is the first collaborative powerchair football study programme of its kind in the UK.

 

Main image: Powerchair students with West Bromwich players