Powerchair @ SUFC!
If you are interested in joining our Powerchair Team(s), just wish to experience powerchair football or get any more information, please contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2008 a parent approached the club who had two very young players at the club. The younger one had a twin brother who has a spinal atrophy condition which means that he is dependent on a wheelchair for his mobility. The twin brother was desperate to play football, just like his twin and older siblings. A challenge was set !
Within the space of six months Sale United formulated a ‘Powerchair Squad’ competing in the North West Powerchair League. This project grew, with more and more wheelchair dependent players with similar conditions wanting to join in.
Within a relatively short space of time the Club began competing at National level, having to make regular journeys to Nottingham to compete, incurring a large expense for its players.
As more and more players wanted to join, Sale United soon had too many players to play at National level. The National Wheelchair Football Association (governing body) will only accept one squad from one club.
To overcome the problem Sale United formulated an agreement with the Manchester United Foundation to run a team under the name of ‘Manchester United’.
In its first season this squad maintained their position in the National League, and also won the North West Powerchair League.
Proud to announce the launch of our new Manchester United Powerchair Team ? Check out how Reds defender Eric Bailly got on when he joined us for a session…For more information and session times visit: www.mufoundation.org/inclusivereds
Posted by Manchester United Foundation on Friday, 29 September 2017
Our partnership with Manchester United Foundation has been supported by all of our players parents and our clubs volunteers that give up so much of their time to make this provision possible!! We aim to see the powerchair section of Sale United FC grow now and in the future, bringing even more success on the regional and national level.
Sale United remain the only grassroots club in the UK to have a Powerchair section as part its membership. Other Powerchair Clubs are stand-alone Clubs, not affiliated to a grassroots club.
Sale United DNA
Over the summer we have re-charged our own identity to help parents, players, coaches and the local community see exactly what football at Sale United is all about. Our DNA focuses on the 4 pillars on which we operate our footballing operation and the pathway in which players progress through – Enjoyment+Development+RESPECT+Success!