I first started playing Powerchair Football at the age of 8.

It was 2011 when I first found out about Powerchair Football. My occupational therapist mentioned that there were regular sessions that took place at Woodside Leisure Centre in Watford. After hearing about this, my Dad and I went there to have a look and I took part in a taster session. From there I decided I wanted to continue, so we looked into funding for a sports chair. We applied for a sports wheelchair through Whizzkids and I haven’t looked back since. 

Football has always meant something to me. It was always hard for me when my friends would play football at school and I would have to stay on the sidelines watching because I couldn’t join in. Instead, I would come home and kick a football against the wall by myself.

After finding out there was still a way I could play football, my life changed.

The opportunity to meet new people and play the sport that I love meant the world to me. The thought of being able to play with people in a similar situation to myself and together in a team really appealed to me - I was finally able to join in and play football with people!

8 years on, I am now 16 years old and I don’t regret the day I started playing Powerchair Football.

The highlight of my football career so far has to be scoring the equaliser in the WFA cup semi-final against Aspire to take the game to extra time. That game was also my last for Evergreen PFC before moving teams in September 2018.

Now, I play Sevenoaks PFC in Kent. We compete regionally in the South East Powerchair Football League and Nationally in the Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership. I recently scored the winning goal in Sevenoaks last game of the 18/19 season against Nottingham which secured our safety in the Premiership. In the future, my ambition is to help drive Sevenoaks towards winning the Premiership and of course, represent England at international level.

Powerchair Football means the world to me. I absolutely love the sport and I am grateful for everyone who has helped me through my journey. It is nice to be able to compete and play alongside people who are similar to me. I am proud to say I have made friends for life, whether that be everyone in my team or people in other teams who we compete against. We all get along and have shared experiences - that's what makes Powerchair Football so special, it's an amazing game. 

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