We are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy UK to boost participation in Powerchair football and sponsor the National League. 

Powerchair football is the fastest growing disability team sport in the country with over 1,000 people playing on a weekly basis with more than half of the people participating affected by a muscle-wasting condition.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the 2016/17 Powerchair football season Robert Meadowcroft, Chief Executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK said:

We, at Muscular Dystrophy UK, believe that everyone living with a muscle-wasting condition has the right to live a full and independent life.  The benefits of participating in sport are clear but sadly there are many practical and financial barriers that prevent people living with muscular dystrophy from participating.  This new partnership with the WFA is the first of many steps that the charity will be taking to increase access and participation in sport.

Ricky Stevenson, Chairperson of Wheelchair Football Association commented:

The WFA are extremely excited to have launched our partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK.  Our sport is unique in the way it allows players with any condition to compete together, but our current player base shows this is a perfect match for both charities.  Our partnership will provide a real platform for us to highlight the physical and physiological benefits of sport, get more people involved and raise the profile of what we do.

When speaking about the new league sponsorship, Ricky said:

Muscular Dystrophy UK’s investment into our league will have a real impact on all the players and team competing.  It will allow us to deliver a top quality competition that will really help to showcase the sport and introduce it to a new audience.

This new five year partnership will see the two national leagues named as the Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership and the Muscular Dystrophy UK Championship.

Starting this weekend 24 teams will compete over 11 weekends in Nottingham to become Premiership champions, to avoid relegation and to win promotion. 

The Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership starts on Saturday, 10th September and the Muscular Dystrophy UK Championship gets underway on Saturday, 8th October. 

For more information about Muscular Dystrophy UK and the great work they do, please visit www.musculardystrophyuk.org/