Matt’s story

Matt is captain of Brighton & Hove Albion Powerchair Football Club and a regular in the England squad.
He has certainly come a long way from his first training session just four years ago.

Matt was introduced to one of our powerchair football sessions by a school friend shortly after he began losing the ability to walk. He was sceptical at first, but found that he enjoyed taking part and was soon attending every week.

In 2010 Matt became part of the team we entered into the WFA National Championship Powerchair League and, with Matt as captain, the team soon made it into the national WFA Premier League.

After an impressive season playing in the top division, Matt was invited to attend an England training camp at St George’s Park. He is now a regular in the England squad and is on course to play for his country at the World Cup later this year. He is also recently started studying law at university.

The 18-year-old says playing powerchair football with Albion in the Community has had a significant impact on him – both on and off the pitch. He said: “Football hasn’t just given me direction and many friends, it has taught me that life is limitless and you can do anything you put your mind to.

“If I can play football for England, there is nothing that you can’t do.”