Toyota are proud Presenting Partners of Parasport. The new Parasport website was developed by Paralympics GB with Toyota with the aim of increasing engagement by making access to Parasport easier at a local level.
The platform enables those with impairments the space to build a community for support, advice and share their experiences with Parasport, highlighting the benefits of being more active.
With Toyota's support, Parasport have created a place for players, parents and coaches to find a team, find players and create inclusive activities in their local communities.
The new Parasport website is the perfect way for people to find out about events in their area and we're thrilled to hear how much is going on in the UK right now to encourage the inclusion and visibility of those with impairments in sport.
Leeds Powerchair FC gives wheelchair users access to our nations unofficial national sport, football. Whilst the club give the option for players to take part socially they are also competing at the highest level in the Wheelchair Football Association national leagues.
Bespoke wheelchairs allow the players to travel at high speeds whilst the barriers at the front are used to contact the ball.
This fast paced, high adrenaline fueled sport is inclusive regardless of the level of a players disability. Leeds Powerchair FC will never turn anyone away.
Run by volunteers, the club was set up following the London 2012 Paralympic Games and now has a wide range of players of differing ages, impairments and abilities. With over 25 players the club continues to grow in strength and in reputation as a great place for people with complex physical impairments to enjoy football and keep active in a social environment.
At the launch of the new Parasport website, Leeds Parasport FC were one of the first to register their club which has resulted in them winning a visit from Reigning Paralympic Champion, Hannah Cockroft. Leeds Powerchair FC hosted an open session on June 16th and invited Hannah to come along and try the sport for herself.
Hannah, who won two gold medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and a further three golds at the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio, is a British wheelchair racer who specialises in the sprint categories. Hannah hails from Halifax and was awarded an MBE in 2013 for her services to athletics.
The open session with Leeds Powerchair FC was her first opportunity to give the sport a go, she is passionate about encouraging participation in Parasport so was excited to get involved and meet her local team.
After a brief session with the coaches, adapting to the chair and some skills training, Hannah got stuck straight in with the team as they played a match at Morley Leisure centre where the open session was being held.
The team were also thrilled to meet Nathan Maguire who is also part of the British Athletics Paralympic team, he began wheelchair racing in 2013 and was a quadruple medallist at the 2018 European Championships in 2018. Nathan also plays wheelchair basketball and couldn't wait to get involved with Powerchair Football.
The team loved the chance to meet two Paralympians and show them what Powerchair Football is all about. The session was a big success and we are so grateful that we were invited down to experience the day and witness the fast paced sport for ourselves. We would encourage anyone in the local area to get in touch with Leeds Powerchair FC who would love to hear from you.
If you don't live in the Leeds area or you don't think Powerchair Football is the right fit for you then make sure your visit the new Parasport website where you can now easily search to see whats going on in your area and get involved.