Meet Our Players: Joel
The next player to feature in Hull & East Yorkshire PFC meet our players Q&A series is Joel. Joel is an academy graduate who has progressed into the first team two seasons ago. Since joining the first team, he has transformed and grown into a very good upcoming player in the game. He recently raised funds to purchase his own Strikeforce to help progress his game. Joel plays in the North East Championship and MDUK Championship National League. We introduce to you, Joel:
How long have you been playing powerchair football?
I have been playing powerchair football since 2014/15.
What do you enjoy the most about powerchair football?
The thing I enjoy most about powerchair football is the opportunity to play teams from all over the country, this means I have an opportunity to show off my skills and prove to others that I am capable of being skilled at something despite the fact that I am a wheelchair user.
Why should someone who has a physical disability, and uses a wheelchair on a daily basis try powerchair football?
They should try powerchair football as everyone is on a level playing field, it is also a rather easy sport to get into, understand and play. Furthermore, powerchair football is an exhilarating sport and is guaranteed to be unlike any other sport they have played before.
How has powerchair football changed your life?
Powerchair football has made me more of a confident person, it has made me more willing to get out the house and experience life. Powerchair football meant I had a hobby that I could partake in as a group, before powerchair football I had never experienced any group sports I was able to partake in.
What’s your favourite memory of the club?
My favourite memory of the club is when the academy team won the Yorkshire league in 2016, this will always be my favourite memory as this is the first time I had been part of winning a powerchair football tournament.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years’ time, I shall be still playing wheelchair football, of course, in five years’ time I will have finished College and gone on to University, and then hopefully progressing onto a job that involves history although I have not actually thought of what I would like to do in terms of work. Another thing I would like to be doing or have done in 5 years’ time is playing in a band as I play the guitar.
How did it feel when you first tried powerchair football?
When I first tried powerchair football I was terrified! I found the chairs very fast and I was worried about crashing into other players and/or walls thankfully I soon got the hang of it and then I really enjoyed it.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I’m currently studying A-Level History, A-Level Law and A-Level English Language at Wyke College.
What are your hobbies away from powerchair football?
I have many hobbies away from powerchair football, one of which I have already mentioned! My other hobbies also include reading and collecting vinyl records
What have you been doing during lockdown?
During lockdown I have been heavily bogged down in college work, I have also been practicing the guitar (as my music teacher used to say, you only need to practice on the days that you eat) I have also been reading, watching copious amounts of films and tv and redecorating my room.
In our next post, we will be posting an exclusive interview with England powerchair football team captain Jon Bolding.