Jason Roberts to take part in Powerchair Football tournament
The Jason Roberts Foundation, in partnership with Aspire Powerchair Sports Club and Evergreen Powerchair Football Club, will be taking part in an exciting and innovative afternoon of sport on Sunday March 6.
Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts, MBE, will be captaining a team made up of fellow professional footballers and his own Foundation staff, using fully adapted electric powerchairs. Two teams made up from the Aspire and Evergreen squads will compete in a round robin tournament against the Foundation team.
The event has been organised to raise the profile of the Jason Roberts Foundation’s input into disability sport in the west London area, and also to promote the sport of Powerchair Football in general.
Rikin Shah, a Powerchair footballer with Aspire and Evergreen, who coaches for the Jason Roberts Foundation and plays a leading role in its disability strategy, came up with the idea.
He said: “For professional players to take an interest in our adapted football game is brilliant.
“Jason has been very supportive of disability football since my involvement with the Foundation and it will be fantastic to compete against professional footballers in this tournament, as a wheelchair user.”
Jason said: “I’m pleased to have the opportunity to compete in this event with my fellow professionals. The disability programme the Foundation has run is close to our hearts and underlines the philosophy of our work in offering a sporting chance.
“Both Rikin and Rob Burton have been fundamental in enabling the Foundation to launch the disability programme in the UK and Grenada.”
Steve Kelly, from Aspire, said: “Both Aspire Powerchair Sports Club and Evergreen Powerchair Football Club are pleased to have the fantastic opportunity to work with the Jason Roberts Foundation.
“We hope this event will not only highlight the Jason Roberts Foundation, but also the sporting opportunities available for Powerchair users and the sport of Wheelchair Football in general.”
The event will take place at Watford Woodside Leisure Centre, WD25 7HH from 2pm. For more information on the event contact the Jason Roberts Foundation on 07900 803905 or 07947 344602.