Meet Our Players: Luke
Hull & East Yorkshire PFC would like to introduce you to Luke who is the latest player to star in the Meet Our Players Q&A features. Luke is a first-team player, competing in the MDUK Championship and North East Championship Regional League. He reads the game very well and is always keen to improve his game as well as giving advice to our academy team players. We introduce you to Luke:
How long have you been playing powerchair football?
I have been playing since the club formed back in late 2012.
What do you enjoy the most about powerchair football?
As well as playing competitive games and training, the social aspect is also a big part as we all are a close community, it’s great to meet and talk to different people with one shared interest.
Why should someone who has a physical disability, and uses a wheelchair on a daily basis try powerchair football?
If any persons who are interested in football or sport in general but they can’t participate in the normal game of football due to their disabilities, powerchair football is a great gateway to experience a similar feeling. You never know, it might just be what you need so why not find your nearest club and have a try?
How has powerchair football changed your life?
Powerchair football has changed my life dramatically as it is a big part of my life. As I went to college in Birmingham and did a course specifically fitted around powerchair football I’d imagine I’d be doing more days at work that I do now, but who knows.
What’s your favourite memory of the club?
Club wise, my favourite memory is our recent victory vs Man U in the first round of the WFA Cup, it for those who didn’t know finished 6-6 after extra time and won on penalties, such a great game to play and for the spectators as well. Unfortunately, that was the last game we played against Jordan Duke who sadly passed away a few weeks ago, and in respect to Jordan and his family, he was an extremely gifted player with a big personality, and he will be missed by everyone in the powerchair football community. A quick mention to the moment when I finally got on the powerchair football course provided by the Albion Foundation in Birmingham as it took months to get there but we were relieved and chuffed I got in, and a great 2 years of my life I won’t forget.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’d like to think I’d still be playing, but perhaps doing some coaching on the side as I have a qualification in Level 1 coaching when the time is right, I am capable and thinking about doing the Level 2 qualification.
How did it feel when you first tried powerchair football?
It was brilliant. Previously I went to basketball training but because of my disability I wasn’t able to play games, but when I tried powerchair football I found s sport that I can play competitive games as well as train as everyone is treated at the same level despite the variety of physical disabilities.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I collect funko pops pm and have done for over a year. Although I’ve tried cancelling my subscription and thinking of having a sort out as I admittedly have too many now.
Sorry if that’s a boring answer but it’s all I can think of at the moment.
What are your hobbies away from powerchair football?
I don’t particularly have any other ‘hobbies’ as such, but I usually play Fifa and watch stuff on Netflix.
What have you been doing during lockdown?
Generally, I’ve been playing Fifa, watching Netflix and YouTube to pass the time. Recently there’s a Fifa league with the West Bromwich Albion powerchair football players that I’m also taking part in.
We would like to thank Luke for answering our questions during the lockdown. It's clear to see that Luke has a passion for powerchair football and especially coaching.
On Friday, we will be meeting one of our academy team players.