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Norwich City Powerchair Football Club turns to blues for support

PUBLISHED: 06:35 08 September 2012

Members of Norwich City Powerchair Football Club at the Sportspark, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Members of Norwich City Powerchair Football Club at the Sportspark, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Like their namesakes, they play in yellow and green, but now a disability football team is turning to the blues for support for its forthcoming season.

Norwich City Powerchair Football Club have emulated their Canary counterparts from Carrow Road and are heading into the Premier League this season.

But the team needs sponsorship and financial support to meet the costs of competing in the top flight and so they are holding a fundraising evening of music and entertainment, including one of the hottest blues duos in the region.

The Norwich City Powerchair FC team has achieved a huge amount since its debut season in 2010. The team rose from the bottom league to the top in consecutive seasons, last year winning 17 out of 18 matches and conceding just two goals. The new season which commences in November will see them compete in the Premier League for the first time.

Powerchair football is a four-a-side game played on a basketball court using a 33-cm diameter ball. Each wheelchair has a guard fitted which allows players to control, black, pass and shoot. Important features for each player are the same as regular football – awareness, communication and knowledge.

Chris Bailey, who is helping to organise the fundraiser, said: “With limited funding and being reliant on sponsorships and family support, the team are presenting this variety night to raise much needed funds.

“There are just 20 teams nationally so NCPFC take regular trips to Nottingham to play the games. They require funds to cover transport of the chairs and players as well as accommodation for the team, carers and families.”

A range of talented artists are giving their time for free for the evening, at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 13, at Norwich Arts Centre, in St Benedicts Street, including Mark ‘Boweevil’ Howes and Lauren Dove, who perform as acoustic blues duo Dove and Boweevil.

Also taking part will be Sprowston’s Tay Devlin, who is just 16 and has already performed in front of Princess Beatrice. His polished vocals and stage presence has attracted a great deal of attention and the audience will be treated to standards from ‘The Great American Songbook’ yet with his own style stamped on them.

Joining them on stage will be the shows’ compere, singer Mark Fitch, the outstanding jazz pianist Simon Brown and his Trio plus acoustic guitarist James Veira.

Completing the line-up in this packed two hour variety show will be 15 members from the Norwich Young Peoples Theatre. Formed in 2004, the group provides drama, singing and dance classes to inspire and develop the creativity of all young people aged five to 25.

Tickets cost £8, with concessions available, rising to £10 on the door and are available from the box office on 01603 660352.

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