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STEVE GIVES POWER TO WHEELCHAIR USERS Steve Kelly receiving his award from Watford FC’s


Adrian Mariappa (left) and Piero Mingoia. A


man from Leavesden who has worked tirelessly to promote disabled football has


received an award for his efforts. Steve Kelly, of Hare Crescent, is a leading


figure in the growing world of wheelchair soccer which is called Powerchair and has introduced it to local club Evergreen FC. The sport is played on a basketball sized court


by people in powered wheelchairs with teams of four players. With Steve‘s help Evergreen Powerchair Football Club now trains and competes on a regular basis. Steve was given the award at a recent event


held at Watford FC‘s Vicarage Road by Kick it Out, which fights discrimination, prejudice and


racism in the beautiful game. The Hornets season ticket holder said: ―I was


very pleased that the award has recognised Powerchair within Hertfordshire, especially for all the people involved in running Evergreen Powerchair Football Team. ―I feel very humble at receiving the award and


this wouldn't have been possible without the tireless work of the volunteers and carers who help out on a weekly basis. The award is as much for them as it is for me.‖ Steve got involved in the sport six years ago


through his son, Spencer, who has Muscular Dystrophy and is in a wheelchair. Evergreen PFC entered two teams into the


Wheelchair Football Association National League for the 2008/9 season. The club won Division One and Cup competitions in 2009/10 gaining promotion to the Championship League. They now look likely to go into the Premiership after this year‘s competition. Steve added: ―We run an open door policy and


any Powerchair user is welcome to come and try out the sport. We train at Woodside Leisure Centre most Sundays between 2pm and 5pm. We also have sessions on Evergreen FC‘s Astroturf pitch.‖ Steve is vice chairman of the Wheelchair


Football Association and helped organise last season‘s successful Power Champions League at Stoke Mandeville, with national champions from France, Belgium, Denmark and England competing. Evergreen PFC is urgently looking for a team


sponsor. If you are interested in helping contact Steve on 07803 208294.


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