Hull & East Yorkshire PFC would like to introduce you to our academy team player Bobby who is the latest to star in Meet Our Players series. Bobby is a winger and a key player to the academy team. He is always encouraging his younger team-mates to push on and praising their skills. He plays in the Yorkshire League Development and North East League 1. We introduce you to Bobby:
How long have you been playing powerchair football?
I’ve been playing for 6 years.
What do you enjoy the most about powerchair football?
The community aspect. When we all come together to play matches everyone knows everyone, it’s a good environment to be in. With a name like Shearer though I’d have to say scoring goals too.
Why should someone who has a physical disability, and uses a wheelchair on a daily basis try powerchair football?
You should try it because it gives you a chance to take part in a fast-paced team sport at a high level, something you might not have been able to do before.
How has powerchair football changed your life?
It’s changed my life because it keeps me busy on weekends. It gets me out of the house too so there’s not much else I’d be doing without it. It gives me a sport I can play regularly and compete in.
What’s your favourite memory of the club?
For me, it’s when we moved to the new sports centre at the university. It just shows the progress the club’s made since it formed. Scoring a hat-trick in my first training session is a personal highlight.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Still playing football. I like the idea of coaching too so coaching alongside playing.
How did it feel when you first tried powerchair football?
I really enjoyed it. When I first sat in the football chair it just stuck with me and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. It felt like I finally found the right sport for me.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
Last year I went to Leeds festivaI I really enjoy music, especially Oasis as they are my favourite band.
What are your hobbies away from powerchair football?
I like playing poker and getting people round to play board games(obviously not been able to since lockdown began).
What have you been doing during the lockdown?
It’s been hard to keep busy but I’ve mainly been watching shows on Netflix. Some football is starting to come back on so that’s all good.
We would like to thank Bobby for taking his time out during the lockdown to answer these questions. It's clear to see that Bobby has a big passion for the club, sport and coaching, just by listening to how much it has changed his life.
In the next, Meet Our Players' series we will be introducing you to a first-team player.