Premiership players defeated at Aspire Event
On Sunday March 6th Premiership stars Jason Roberts, Morten Gamst Pedersen and DJ Campbell turned out for a Foundation squad at Woodside Leisure Centre in Watford to play in a powerchair tournament against Aspire Wheelchair Football Club and Evergreen Wheelchair Football Club.
The Foundation team were taught a lesson in humility when they were defeated in the round robin tournament.
The event was organised to raise the profile of the Jason Roberts Foundations input into disability sport in the West London area, and also to promote the sport of Powerchair football in general. Rikin Shah (pictured with Morten in the Foundation strip), a Powerchair footballer with Aspire and Evergreen, and who also coaches for the Jason Roberts Foundation and is a lead coach in the Foundations’ disability strategy, came up with idea.
Jason Roberts said, "This was a great event and something I hope to do again in the future. The Aspire and Evergreen teams made it hard work for us but the kids clearly enjoyed it – the smiles on their faces said it all".
DJ Campbell said “I really enjoyed the day and I’m always happy to help out and support such worthwhile events”.
Steve Kelly from Aspire said “Both Evergreen & Aspire Powerchair Football clubs would like to thank the Jason Roberts Foundation for helping the event to be a great success
Absolutely brilliant day for all concerned, all the players were very excited to have the chance to put their skills to the test against the pro players.
Once Jason & his boys came to terms with the wheelchairs they acquitted themselves admirably, although they may have to do a bit more training to be considered for selection!
The players were overwhelmed with the time they had with all those connected with the Foundation and are already asking if they can do it again”.
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