Visualsoft paid a special visit to see members of Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club last week, along with Boro Duo Aitor Karanka and Craig Hignett and fellow patrons from the Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
The Boro coaching duo watched the powerchair football club’s latest training session at Coulby Newham’s Rainbow Leisure Centre before chatting to team members. The thriving club won £2,500 and a visit from first team coach Karanka when topping a public poll run by local charitable movement, Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
The £10,000 Goalden Giveaway saw nine other Teesside community groups win a share of the cash – but only the powerchair football club received the VIP visit. Powerchair football allows those with serious disabilities to take part in action-packed sport through the use of specialised wheelchairs.
The Boro boss watched Hignett have a go at the sport along with our Head of PR, Sarah, before chatting to the team’s players, who are hoping to win promotion to the national top division this season.
Karanka said: “I had never previously seen powerchair football but it is clearly a very special sport – and great fun too.
“Craig and I were proud to represent the football club on such a great visit. The Foundation’s money could not have gone to a more deserving cause.”
Cath McNicol, coach for the powerchair football club, said they were thrilled to host the Boro staff. “All the players have been looking forward to this visit with much anticipation ever since we topped the Goalden Giveaway poll. We are constantly striving to raise the profile of the sport and reach out to more who could benefit from it.
She added that the £2,500 won via the Goalden Giveaway would cover hire and transport costs for powerchair football sessions in local schools, for children and young people with severe physical disabilities.
“Ultimately, we’d love Teesside to have the UK’s first schools league for powerchair football. That would be incredible.”
Visualsoft were also joined at the training session by Karl Pemberton and Ian Willis, representing fellow Foundation patrons Active Chartered Financial Planners and First Choice Labels.