Not to be confused with Aston Villa Football Club (although the players are big super fans!) Villa Rockets are an independent football club formed in 2003, to give young people in wheelchairs, based in and around Birmingham the opportunity to play football.
Who are Villa Rockets?
The Rockets get together on a weekly basis at their powerchair football club, based in Sutton Coldfield. All of their members 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. A lot of the players before joining the club felt isolated from the beautiful game. It’s great for them to have the opportunity to get together, have fun, socialise and share the love of the great sport of football!
It is this passion for making football an inclusive sport, that has ignited a drive for more chairs, to allow the younger kids to play the game they love.
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, of late, Villa Rockets have 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. This is having a hugely detrimental effect on the team.
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Where can people go to find out more about Villa Rockets?
For more information about Villa Rockets please contact:
Clive Donald Morley – Team Manager
Tel: 07971 360318
Visit them on their Website.
Villa Rockets are also on Facebook.