Sevenoaks Powerchair Football Club | Registered Charity Number: 1160738
Sevenoaks Powerchair Football Club
Sevenoaks Powerchair Football team originated from Valence School in Westerham. It was introduced to students by staff in 2003/04.
At this early stage, car tyres were sawn in half and tied to wheelchairs to act as barriers to enable them to play. Students at Valence School played competitively in the National League as the Valence Vikings.
This continued until 2012 when, with the employment of a full time development officer at the school, steps were taken to separate the competitive school team to a community team, enabling other disabled people outside of Valence School the opportunity to take part.
Valence Vikings officially became Sevenoaks Powerchair Football Club for the 2012/13 season after affiliating with Sevenoaks Town Juniors Football Club.
The club then decided to become a charity and this was achieved in 2015 (charity number 1160738), strengthening the clubs aims to provide greater opportunity for players to access powerchair football.
The team currently play in the Wheelchair Football Associations National League and the South East Regional Powerchair Football League.
Adam McEvoy - Head Coach
After leaving university, Adam became Disability Sports Development Officer (Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire). His main responsibility was to expand sporting and recreational provision for disabled children in Worcestershire.
Adam then moved on to become the Powerchair Football Development Officer at Valence School in Westerham, Kent. A County based development role, focusing on development of powerchair football at Valence School and community level.
Adam was then appointed Regional Powerchair Football Development Officer with The Wheelchair Football Association. He is the Regional lead (south) for the development of Powerchair Football in England. His main aim being to provide greater opportunities for people with physical impairments access to Powerchair Football.
Adam is a tutor for the WFA as part of their Coach Education programme and is a qualified referee. He is also an FA qualified coach and has coached at various levels, from grassroots to elite mainstream football, as well as experience within Blind football. In 2016 Adam won the Kent FA outstanding contribution to disability football award.
Adam coaches both Sevenoaks PFC teams, where continual improvement in performances over the past few years has resulted in both teams achieving their highest ever league positions in the 2015-16 season.
Ian Hayward - Assistant Coach
Adam is supported in coaching the teams by Ian Hayward. Ian is a Sports Coach at Valence School, leading on sport and PE lessons. He has extensive disability coaching experience as well as being a qualified football and cricket coach. He plays cricket for Holcombe & Blue Bell Hill CC and is skilled with both bat and ball.
Our national league team has had different levels of success in recent years. In the 2015/16 season the team were promoted to the WFA Premiership division via the play-offs, after finishing 3rd in the Championship division. This was a first in the clubs history - promotion to the highest division of powerchair football in England.
Although the 2016/17 season ultimately ended in relegation back to the WFA Championship division, the team still achieved firsts - both as a team and on an individual basis. The team reached the semi-finals of the WFA Cup, narrowly losing 1-0 to Villa Rockets. On an individual level Kyle Alexander became the first Sevenoaks player (both SPFC and STFC) to represent England, winning 3 caps at the 2017 FIPFA World Cup - a competition which saw England finish in 3rd place.
The team then bounced back from relegation to win the WFA Championship title in the 2017/18 season. Remaining unbeaten, the team won 20 of their 22 games.
Regionally our development squad have continued to make excellent progress. In division two, a 3rd place finish in the 2014/15 season was then followed by a 2nd place finish in the 2015/16 season.
The team finally secured the division 2 title in the 2016/17 season, remaining unbeaten. Due to league restructuring they remained in division 2 for the 2017/18 season. Another 2nd place finish followed and secured promotion to division 1, resulting in both Sevenoaks squads being in division 1 for the 2018/19 season.
Development squad players also represented Sevenoaks PFC in an European Powerchair Football Association (EPFA) in the summer of 2016. Facing Austria, Germany and an Irish u16 squad, the team won the tournament, claiming the EPFA development event trophy.