Not to be confused with Aston Villa Football Club, although the players are big super fans, Villa Rockets is an independent football club, which formed in 2003 to give young people in wheelchairs the opportunity to play football.
What is Villa Rockets?
The Rockets get together on a weekly basis at their powerchair football club, based in Sutton Coldfield. All of their players are unable to walk, or require the use of walking aids. Many have life limiting conditions.
Children join the team, typically at the age of 10, and the club helps them to learn the game, how to control a powerchair and develop their playing skills. Some even get to play competitively for wheelchair football league games. Before joining the club, many of the players felt completely isolated from football and so relish the opportunity to get together, have fun, socialise and share their love of football.
It is the passion for ensuring that football is an inclusive sport that has ignited a drive for more chairs, allowing even more children to play.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
If successful, Villa Rockets will put the funds towards purchasing a new power wheelchair to allow more players to enjoy being part of the team. Unfortunately, Villa Rockets has had to turn children away because they do not have enough chairs for them to use. They also have to ration sessions, to allow any new and existing players an equal opportunity to play, which is having a detrimental effect on the team.
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Where can people go to find out more about Villa Rockets?
Clive Donald Morley, Team Manager
Tel: 07971 360318