Powerchair football

AUCKLAND POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL CLUB

Powerchair Football is a fun exciting team sport for people who use a powerchair in their day to day life. There are two clubs in Auckland, the Auckland Powerchair Football club based at the Parafed Gym in Otara, and the North Auckland Powerchair Football club that is based at the Massey University recreation centre in the North Shore.

Powerchair Football is a competitive team sport for people with physical disabilities who use power wheelchairs. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court, and two teams of four players use power chairs equipped with footguards to attack, defend and spin-kick a 13-inch (330 mm) football in an attempt to score goals. The official game is played for two halves of 20 minutes each, with the main objective of the game being the same as football: to score more goals than the opponent.

In New Zealand there is a growing interest in Powerchair Football, and clubs have been established in Canterbury and Auckland, but a national sport organisation has yet to be established. This means there are a number of opportunities for the social player, but the competitive side of the sport is still being developed to link clubs here with a thriving Australian league.