MEMBERS of Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club (MPFC) took part in a 24-hour penalty shootout on October 10 (9 am - 9 am). The shootout, organised by the club, took part at the Middlesbrough Sports Village in an effort to raise much-needed funds for the club.

MPFC was set up in 2012 when a group of friends decided Middlesbrough needed a Powerchair Football Club - prior the nearest club was in Newcastle. Years on and the club is thriving, but, is in constant need of funds to keep it running.

Previously, MPFC entered TFM's Cash For Kids Giveaway - coming first and securing much-needed funds for the club. Shortly after, the clubs trailer that was used to transport sports wheelchairs to games around the country was stolen.

Chairman, Paul Yates, said- "After our trailer was stolen we were left with a massive problem in terms of getting our teams to away matches. I'd heard on the radio that TFM was holding another Cash for Kids giveaway and felt that as a club we should apply. Having already been a part of the previous TFM competition I wasn't particularly hopeful of being selected, but, we were extremely grateful for our second opportunity."

TFM match each pound raised up to the value of £2,500 and the winner then gets an extra £2,500 awarded. The club has the entire month of October to raise as much as they can, meaning they had to pull out all the stops.

Ryan Dack, a player and coach for MPFC, commented on the clubs 24-hour penalty shootout - "I underestimated just how hard it would be. It was the repetitive nature that got to me - I went into autopilot after the first 100 penalties. I almost threw in the towel at 6 am - after 21 hours of penalties - but my teammates kept me motivated until the finish line at 9 am."

Cath McNicol, player and coach for MPFC, said - "I loved that everyone could be involved; no matter what football skill level, disability or age, everyone could take part."

A number of players parents and carers also helped during the event, some for the full 24 hours.

Carolyn Bean, head coach of MPFC, said - "It was exhausting but so much fun. The fact that pretty much every player came and got involved was brilliant. The hourly sponsors kept us going too. The 3 am Petpals sponsor being a particular highlight - when a penalty was scored we'd make a random animal noise just to help pass the time."

Gillian Caveney, parent of Matthew Caveney, who attended the full 24 hours, said – "It was a killer and I don't think anyone would appreciate just how hard it was unless they'd been a part of it. Last week I said I wouldn’t do another, but, now that I've recovered I think if it raises money why not. It's for a good cause."

MPFC's Cash For Kids fundraising page has raised a total of £1,635.

"We are always looking for new and interesting ways to raise funds to keep the club going - venue hire, equipment maintenance and other ongoing costs are a constant source of worry for us. The club is grateful for the support it has received over the years, on behalf of all the players and staff I just want to say a massive thank you. We couldn't keep the club running - never mind the constant improvements we make - if we didn’t have that support." - Paul Yates, MPFC Chairman.

A fantastic effort from everyone involved at Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club!

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