The Rocky Bay Foundation has approved a grant of $8,500 for the WA Powerchair Football Association (WAPFA), which will go toward supporting their quest to compete at interstate championships in September.
Players currently fund their own way to interstate competitions, which can cost upwards of $5,000 per player and support worker, per competition.
WAPFA is a community based, not-for-profit association run completely by volunteers and players. The modified version of the world game allows people of all ages and abilities who use an electric wheelchair.
The team have been using the Rocky Bay gymnasium at Mosman Park for their fortnightly training and regular season. A non-contact, worldwide soccer based sport, 20 minute halves are played using modified wheelchairs, which takes great skill!
WAPFA Secretary, Dylan Needham, said the grant is fantastic news for the whole team, and the Foundation’s support will mean WAPFA will be able to send five players and their coach to the upcoming Nationals in Brisbane in September!
“This will present our players with the opportunity to be in the contention of selection for the Australian team,” said Dylan. “The much need grant will be going toward accommodation costs, participation fees, transportation and also a brand new uniform for the WA team!”
Excitingly, the team have played previous national competitions as Perth Glory, having established a relationship with the soccer club. The next national competition is played in Brisbane in September.
Round 7 of their season takes place Saturday 4th August, 12:00pm-2:00pm at Rocky Bay’s gym in Mosman Park. WAPFA are always looking for new players, so if you or someone you know might be interested get in touch with Jason Lewis from WAPFA on 0418 888 971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org