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Adam is a 12 year old boy who started attending training sessions at Greenwich Powerchair Football Club in April 2016. He suffers from a physical disability called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy as well as Autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Oppositional defiant disorder.
Now Adam is feeling that he finally belongs somewhere, valued and part of a team. On asked what being a part of Greenwich Powerchair Football Club means to him, he replied ‘I enjoy wheelchair football as I feel part of a team. I have gained confidence and a lot more independence since starting and have made friends. I would definitely recommend anyone to try wheelchair football, it is a lot of fun.’
Above: Adam with his mother and sister.
Above: Adam with the Leader of Royal Greenwich, Councillor Denise Hyland
Above: Adam, Denise Hyland with the players from Greenwich PFC, Denise Hyland, as well as helpers and staff, Sharon Brokenshire MBE, Jonathan Dixon (director), Rhea Daly (coach), Joe Sheehan (Coach)
Above: Adam and Alfie
Above: The Leader of Royal Greenwich, Councillor Denise showing off her skill joining in with the young players!
Billy Rae from Elm Court School has been selected for a JPF Achievement Award. He has worked hard at school to gain a place in the team and has been a real credit playing footballTo Elm Court as a representative of the school.
Well done to Matthew Foxwell for winning the Jack Petchey Leadership Award which was very important. He has worked as a volunteer for about 2 years and has been a huge asset to the SLSL football league. His small grant for achieving this from JPF worth £750 was put towards paying for our Summer Fun Festival last summer.
Aaron Cloke is our Jack Petchey Achievement award winner this month. Aaron came as a volunteer to help with Greenwich Powerchair Football club. He has recently had his 25th birthday. Aaron is keen and enthusiasttic, helping to enable our players.
Tre is a wonderful young man from Glebe Post 16 unit, Bromley. He always inspires his team to do their best. He played football ‘Like Batman and Superman together’ (his quote). His team have a fantastic new kit and we are just awaiting the have the JPF logo on it, Photo to follow next month… He helped his team to become the SLSL Fairplay team of the year 2014-5.
On Thursday 22nd October 2015 we held our annual One Game One /Community Festival at Long Lane JFC. It was attended by about 80 player and we competed in three divisions: Premiership championship and League. As usual it was a marvelous day, really competitive but full of Fairplay and Respect.
On Friday October 2nd 2015 Kieran Gibbons attended The Jack Petchey Crystal Award ceremony at City Hall on behalf of South London Special League.
We received an award worth £1500!
On July 14th we celebrated our Jack Petchey Achievement Awards with a wonderful summer party, a raffle, food and dancing to the Los Dawsons after the presentations.
JPF Achievement Awards were awarded to…
Trevanie Blake from Drumbeat School. JPS Achievement Award winner (also great on the drums!)
The JPF Leadership Award was presented to Doug Minde:
Our new President, Mick Hayes presented all the Awards.
We also presented Nick Raynsford with a Collage photo and a piece of Glassware to thank him for his contribution to SLSL over the years as a trustee while he was an MP. His wife Alison also attended. (9013, 9035.)
Finally we were delighted to present Mick Hayes with an SLSL medal, thanking him for his dedication to us during his time as Mayor of Royal Greenwich when he chose SLSL as his Charity of the Year. This is a small offering to represent his position as President of SLSL.
Take a look at the photos in the gallery. It was a marvelous evening and thank-you to everybody for attending and helping to make it that!
Powerchairs / Sports Camp. We have seen Asa grow from a boy into a young man, always with a smile on his face and always looking to help others by giving them instruction and supporting them with the rules of the sport.
Above: This is JPF Achievement Award winner for SLSL, Charlie Roberts – Glebe School. He was told as a child that he would never walk and never be able to play football, however against all odds he is doing both and playing as goalkeeper in his school team, attending our events on a monthly bases. He has improved so much as both a player and a young person, and blossoms in everything we see him do.
Below:The award is being presented by Rhea Daley, Development officer for SLSL
Thanks to the small grant from Jack Petchey Foundation in recognition Of the Leadership Award gained by Santha Patel from William Morris School, she took a group from her school to Arundel castle cricket Centre and surrounds. They had a wonderful time!
Max Mee, Independent, A League of Their own – Increase in confidence and self-esteem to meet new people and play different sports.
Archie Jones, Powerchair Football – Increased Knowledge of the game, is more in control with his actions when something doesn’t go as planned and increased communication skills with the other players.
Feyikewa Oguntola, Plumstead Manor – Always trying her best in training and asking question if unsure with something. Supportive and friendly with all members of the group.
What a wonderful photo above! This is Max Mee receiving his Jack Petchey Achievement Award from Mick Hayes, the Mayor of RBG and the Mayoress, Gill Hayes, on behalf of SLSL on Thursday 26th March.
(Max Mee – Independent – A League of Their own – Increase in confidence and self- esteem to meet new people and play different sports)
This was the same day SLSL received the FA Charter Standard presented to the Mayor on our behalf by David James, Development Manager for London FA.
Ben Ferriera – 16 years old Ben plays in A League of Their Own (Adult League). He is from Bridge School in Islington. He has won his award for his Noticeable Increase in Confidence, his Knowledge of the Game and his Fair Play Attitude. He Supports his team mates and ensures they are okay throughout the game, helping with any need they may have.
Nathan Pillar – 21 years old. Independent player in A League of Their Own. He has shown an Increase in Confidence and Self Esteem, enabling him to play with different teams, make new friends and reflecting sportsmanship when he is playing.
Our two Jack Petchey winners for last month were Liam for hard work and determination to learn and improve during his work experience. And Trevanie Blake for continuous fair play and sportsmanship throughout all ‘A League Of Their Own’ events. Pictures to follow shortly…
Above. Mayor with David Gale from Greenwich Powerchair F.C.
At our Christmas party on December 9th at Long Lane JFC The Mayor of Royal Greenwich presented Jack Petchey awards To our young winners. He has been committed to the club for 3 years, since he was 8! Now he is a valuable member of the Club.
Above. Mayor of Royal Greenwich presents Hollie Sayles with an Achievement Award for her great input into our women’s team, the South London Terriers.
Above. The Mayor Presenting Kieron Gibbons of Greenwich Powerchair Football Club with his Jack Petchey Achievement award for his commitment to the team and his great goal-keeping.
Above. The Mayor with Richard Nash whose enthusiasm for his team and for South London Special League is huge! This summer he played in our match against the House of Commons Team.
Above. Santha Patel from William Morris school who gained her Jack Petchey Leadership award for her untiring support she gives to her students by ensuring they are able to take advantage of all the opportunities that SLSL can provide. She also gives time as a volunteer in her spare time.
Above. A photo of Lisa Cawsey from Woodside School who received the JPF Leadership Award for her continual support for SLSL, ensuring her students are able to benefit fully from the opportunities we offer.
Above. Josh Owen and Alan Marr (left) who gained JPF Achievement Awards. They are both from Matjorie McClure School, Chislehurst.
Below. Sharon with Councillor Mick Hayes, the Mayor of Royal Greenwich and his wife, the Mayoress, Gill Hayes.
Thursday July 3rd, SLSL celebrated our 10th Anniversary and Jack Petchey Achievement Awards with party at Long Lane Junior Football Club.Dean Milton from the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Mayor of Royal Greenwich, Mick Hayes presented the awards.
We celebrated with barbecue and a show performed by one of our adult football teams, Neighborhood Express. Councillor Mick Hayes has been a great supporter of ours. This year he has chosen SLSL to be The Mayor’s Charity of the year.
His first visit last summer as he went about his deputy Mayoral business was our festival after the tragic murder of Gunner Colin Rigby, when we had such a moving event with the support of ll our young people.
I am over the moon that The Mayor Of Royal Greenwich, councilor Mick Hayes has chosen the South London Special League to be his charity to support.
Below. Mayor and Dean Milton and two achievement award winners, Jack Gillham and Taylor Smikle-Isaac, both from Charlton Park Academy.
What a perfect year for this to happen! We are celebrating 10 years since we officially launched the project at London Marathon Playing Fields, Greenwich.
In that time we have empowered hundreds of disabled young people and adults through football and more lately other sports such as tag rugby and Tennis..
Sport is a our key to improving the health and well-being of people previously marginalised and excluded from regular competitive sport.
SLSL Football will always be our bread and butter, but over the years and especially since 2012 Olympics and Paralympics we have diversified, offering other sports , including archery, tennis, cricket, tag rugby, never losing sight of the need for excellent organisation and delivery. This year our Powerchair Football club (Greenwich PFC) has received the FA Charter Standard,!
At SLSL everybody involved can only feel inspired by the value of sport on people’s lives. To be chosen as the Charity of the Year is also truly inspirational!
Our awards were presented this year by Dean Milton from the Jack Petchey Foundation and Mick Hayes, Mayor of Royal Greenwich, who was accompanied by his wife the mayoress, Gill Hayes.
This was really special for us as the recently inaugurated mayor chose SLSL as his charity of the year. Last summer as Deputy Mayor, he visited our annual festival the day after the cruel murder of Gunner Lee Rigby, just down the road from us in Woolwich. He was so overwhelmed to see our event, where all the different young members of the community were playing happily together, reflecting fair pay and friendship at all levels of the game. He says that he realised at hat moment the value of our organisation, and was determined to support us as much as he could.
Names of the Jack Petchey Achievement award winners are in front of their photos. Connor’s Teacher, Lisa Cawsey took the award on his behalf. Lisa was also the recipient of our Jack Petchey Leadership Award for her support over the years of South London Special League, and her tireless work to include her students as much as possible. Her school, Woodside, from Bexleyheath were this year’s Fairplay School of the year.
Our other JPF Leadership award this summer was Santha Patel who has always gone out of her way to support us and doing so improves the opportunities for the students in her school.
We also warded members of Greenwich Powerchair football with medals for their huge success in the Regional Wheelchair Football association league this year. They are a true success story. Members who attended and received awards were Kyle Alexander (captain) Shea French-Gibbens and Kieran Gibbons.
Above: The Specialist sports Camp that we delivered in the Easter Holidays 7th-10th April was extremely successful. The deputy Mayor of Royal Greenwich, Mick Hayes, attended. He thoroughly enjoyed watching the activities in full swing. He presented all the young people with certificates and medals. He also presented two of our young sports people with Jack Petchey Achievement Awards for their special contribution.
Below: Philip Best from Glebe School, Achievement Award winner with coach Wayne Blake and Rhea MacKennon, development officer.
February 2014 Jack Petchey awards go to…
The picture below shows Sharon awarding a Jack Petchey Leader Award to both Nick Raynsford MP who is a trustee to the South London Special League and for his enthusiastic support since 2000 which was right at the start of The Special League and another to Steve Johnson who is a Development Officer for the South London Special League for his commitment and support.
On December 11th we held our annual Christmas Achievement Party at Long Lane Junior Football Club. This year Dean Milton from The Jack Petchey Foundation joined us and presented the JPF Achievement Awards. The Mayor of Greenwich, David Grant, also came to for the celebration. Some of the members and award winners were not able to, make it. The weather was really cold!
The three achievement awards that I have attached are:
1) Aaron French Gibbens. He did a sky dive to raise funds for Greenwich Powerchair Football Club. His brother, Shea is a very competent powerchair football player.
2) Kyle Alexander, Kyle is a sensational powerchair footballer. He was the star on Blue Peter when they came to film us.
Our Award ceremony at The Royal Festival Hall, when we received our cartoon cheque for £142, 774 presented by Paralympic gold medalist Johnny Peacock
Sponsored by Long Lane Junior Football Club, the Long Lane Terriers received Charter Standard last year for best female Charter Standard club in London. They are currently playing in a pan London league for similar player and are winning this league at the moment.
It was brilliant that Dean was able to represent Jack Petchey. I hope he enjoyed himself!
1) Aaron French Gibbens. Who did a sky dive to raise funds for Greenwich Powerchair Football Club. His brother, Shea is a very competent powerchair football player.
2) Kyle Alexander. Kyle is a sensational powerchair footballer. He was the star on Blue Peter when they came to film us.
3) Sophie Hobbs. Sophie has now graduated ti the South London Terriers. She never misses training and is a real asset to the team
Achievement Award Scheme Visit – Follow Up
Thank you for welcoming me to South London Special League on 10 Sept 2010.
The meeting provided a good opportunity to discuss how the Achievement Award scheme has been running at the South London Special League since it was launched in March 2008. It was good to hear that your leagues continue to be very well attended and of your policy to never turn anyone away.
I was delighted to hear how popular the Jack Petchey Achievement scheme continues to be and to see how well the scheme is run under your supervision. In fact it is run so well that the only action point we had was for Olwyne’s application for the small grants fund to be re-submitted in this round with the correct total cost of the referee’s kit.
I was pleased to hear that the South London Special League has continued to go from strength to strength and to hear more about your expansion into table top cricket.
I was particularly impressed with the page that you have dedicated to the Jack Petchey Awards within your brochure – Well done!
All that remains is for me to wish you the very best for the forthcoming season and to thank you and your team for your efforts with running the scheme.
If you have any questions about my comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. We are always happy to receive feedback from the organisations we work with, to help us to improve and develop our programmes.
Ms Jane Evans
Jack Petchey Leadership award received by Wayne Blake at the Special World Cup on the 27 March 2010 from Jane Evans from the Jack Petchey Foundation. With Nick Raysford MP.
September Jamie Browne (St Giles School Croydon)
October:Louis Marquis (Highshore School)
November:Archie Loyd (Riverside School, Bromley)
South London Terriers winner: Genye McDonald
Greenwich Wanderers winner: Georgina Mossom (Charlton School)
All the awards were presented at the SLSL Christmas Party
at Charlton Athletic FC Millennium Lounge by Nick Raynsford MP