Glasgow hosted a historic event on a Sunday afternoon that was Scotland’s first cross-border amputee football tournament at Springburn Park. It brought teams from across the UK to fight it out in the English Amputee Football Association League’s northern fixture.
This impressive event raised more awareness about the sport. The freezing cold didn’t prevent the teams from playing delightful attacking play which all footy fans love to watch.
Everton FC Amputees came out on top, as they recorded wins over Manchester City Amputees FC, UL Sport from Ireland and Scotland’s only amputee football team – Patrick Thistle.
As result of the significant interest for the sport in this country, the Amputee Football Association Scotland (AFAS) was set up.
Ashley Reid of AFAS feels that people are interested in the sport in Scotland.
She said: “I have now launched it separately in the last two weeks because of the appetite for the sport. We are really excited about what the future holds.”
Co-founder of the Irish Amputee Football Association and European Amputee Football Federation General Secretary Simon Baker, believes that the sport could be introduced in the 2024 Paralympics, and he is excited about the future of the game.
He said: “In amputee football, we want people to say: ‘Wow’. We don’t want them to say: ‘Bless them. Aren’t they good?’ We are not an inspiration, and we love football – that’s what the difference is.
“Regarding European football, it’s fantastic and it’s about driving it on. If you just take Europe, we have over 15,000 players registered and 250 kids. So it’s growing, and now we have 15 countries playing. We are part of UEFA social responsibility, so it’s all going in the right direction.
“We are trying really hard. I’m going to Mexico next week for the world amputee congress and we are all fighting for things like this. We realistically think amputee football will be in the Paralympics 2024.”
“It’s a massive commitment, because we fly over once a month. We are committed and improve our game. It is ability football; not disability football.”
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