Mandale Homes, main sponsors of the Yorkshire Wheelchair football team, have launched a competition for primary schools to give the team a new name and badge to go with their new official kit.
Yorkshire’s first powerchair football team have started a trend now sweeping across the region with new teams offering a real chance of competitive sport for people with severe disabilities.
Mandale’s competition is designed to kick-off awareness of this new exciting sport and to spread the word about the great new game.
Harriet Spalding, Mandale Homes marketing manager, said: “We have opened up our competition to primary schools across the region to spread the message and get more people involved.
“The prize is amazing, not only do the winners get to name the team, but they will also win a brilliant meet and greet session with the Leeds Rhinos. And all the shortlisted entries are invited to our unveiling ceremony at the launch of our new Pontefract site.”
Mandale Homes are a family-based company with family values and they’re not only supporting the club, they that also have a strong relationship with the Wheelchair team.
Yorkshire Wheelchair FC is fully funded and run by the players families, it is a real community affair. Costs include the upkeep of chairs, rental of space, transport to and from training and matches and like with any wheelchair sport, new equipment can be very expensive, Wheelchair Football is a sport that requires specialist equipment, in order to play it safely and within the WFA rules.
Harriet added: “Mandale Homes wanted to make a real impact with the club and help where we could.
“We are also fixing broken chairs for the team so they have a working spare chair as this is important for people who want to come and give this great game a try. Each chair costs nearly £5,000, so it’s not as simple as going to buy some trainers from a sports shop.
“It’s a really fast-paced and exciting sport to play. I had the chance to play with the team a few weeks ago and it was brilliant.”
One of the club’s founders, Andrew Rogerson, got involved with his son, Adam, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
He said: “Adam really enjoys it, He gets to learn about team sports and about winning and losing which is one of life’s important lessons.
“It can be easy for some individuals with disabilities to just stay at home because all of the facilities needed are there. Wheelchair football is a great way to socialise and get on with an active life.”
Yorkshire Powerchair FC attracts about 10 members each week, ranging from 14 years old all the way up to 79. The team trains every Saturday morning, from 11am – 1pm, at Featherstone Sport Centre, where there is a host of other activities for the team and anyone else with disabilities, such as basketball, boccia and rugby.
Last year Yorkshire Powerchair FC were North West League champions and promoted to the Premier League. Mandale’s sponsorship will ensure that the team has a great new name, logo and kit for their second season in the big league.