Three Lions finish runners-up at Powerchair World Championship.
The England Powerchair football team are celebrating after finishing as runners-up at the World Championship in Paris at the weekend.
A grant of £25,000 from The FA helped fund the team’s trip to France for the biggest event in Powerchair football and England made it all the way through to the final where they were beaten 3-0 by reigning champions USA on Sunday.
The FA’s Head of Disability, Jeff Davis, commented: “It’s a fantastic achievement as we finished seventh at the tournament in 2007 so this set of players can be really pleased with their performance.
“We were undefeated in the group stage and even shocked title holders, USA, 1-0 to finish top which was outstanding.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t replicate that result in the final but second is a great finish for us and gives the Powerchair game a real platform in this country going forward.
“There are over 1000 players and 31 teams in Powerchair football domestically since launching in 2005 and the sport is now recognised by the International Paralympic Committee so there’s a real hope that it might be included in future Paralympics after Rio de Janeiro in 2016.”
The team met the England Senior squad back in March at Wembley Stadium and also received a good luck message from Fabio Capello ahead of the World Championship.
England's results at the World Championship in Paris:
Semi Final – Belgium: 1-0 (aet)
Final – USA: 0-3