Help Ireland to the Powerchair Football World Cup

Hello friends. We come here on behalf of the Association of Irish Powerchair Football (AIPF) to request for your financial support to help us participate in the 2023 FIPFA World Cup in Australia. Initially, the world cup was going to take place in 2021 but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it had to be postponed to 2022 and then again until 2023. Thankfully, things are now getting back to normal with the tournament set to take place next year.
 
For those who’ve never heard of Powerchair football before, it’s a unique sport that provides opportunities for people with a high level of impairment to access the game of football. It is the only active team participation sport for people who use electric wheelchairs or those who have limited movement in a manual wheelchair, and it’s usually played in an indoor court - similar in size to a basketball court - with matches consisting of two teams of four players each and a ball. The sport is fast-paced, dynamic and very enjoyable to watch. What’s more, the unique nature of powerchair football allows all ages, disabilities and genders to compete together. And as a result, it helps build key life skills such as teamwork and improved communication.
 
However, it doesn’t just provide a sporting opportunity - powerchair football creates a great social environment for the players and their families as they experience the highs and lows of participating in the nation’s favourite sport. It brings strangers together, many of whom have similar stories and life experiences, creating friendships and bonds which last a lifetime. Powerchair Football is becoming a fast growing disability team sport.
 
We formed the Association of Irish Powerchair Football (AIPF) back in 2009 with one simple mission; to organise social and competitive playing opportunities for players and their families and ensure that the sport is as accessible as possible for all who want to take part in it. So far, we’ve been able to build teams of passionate and self-motivated individuals who despite their various conditions such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, to name a few, have been able to conquer different tournaments including winning bronze in the EPFA European Nations Cup 2019 and qualifying for the World Cup, which will take place in October 2023 in Sydney’s Olympic Park.
 
Our goal has always been to represent Ireland at the highest level on a world stage and we have finally gotten the opportunity to do so. As much as this is a great accomplishment, it’s also a once in a lifetime opportunity for our team that consists of 8 players, coaching staff, and support team including players' assistants and carers to create memories and inspire other disabled people in the communities that they too can achieve great things on a global stage. However, the problem is that we don't receive government or sports funding to cover taking the team to the world cup. As a result, we have had to sacrifice money from our own pockets and rely on donors and well-wishers for financial support, which has not been easy.
 
We are looking to raise approximately €100,000, which will go towards catering for the expenses of our Powerchair Football team. These include the cost of flights, accommodation and food requirements of the players, as well as kits and transporting the playing equipment, the powerchairs themselves.
 
Kindly stand with us and be part of something big having contributed to helping us achieve our dream of playing in the world cup and hopefully winning it. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your support and please remember that every donation helps no matter how big or how small. It is my belief that we cannot do this alone, but together, we have the potential to do great things. We wish you all good health and stay safe.
  • Martin Guinan, Co. Offaly 
    • €50 
    • 13 d
  • Nigel Fallon 
    • €10 
    • 13 d
  • Maurice O’Byrne 
    • €10 
    • 14 d
  • John Owens 
    • €50 
    • 14 d
  • Aisling Arthur 
    • €20 
    • 14 d
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Team Ireland 
Organizer
County Dublin

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