ENGLAND AMPUTEE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
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WORLD CUP 2014 MEXICO
GBAF fly out to Mexico on the 26th of November, finding themselves in Group 6 along with Ghana & Angola. The team wishes to thank everyone that has supported and sponsored them as a team and individuals to enable them to achieve this feat. GB Amputee Football aim to do the country proud.
Great Britain Amputee Football are proud to be sponsored by and wearing the Takeda logo on our shirts for the 2014 WAFF World Cup.
Tom Jordan #4 : GB Captain 2010-14
EAFA would like to pay our respects to one of our most loved colleagues.
Tom fought a short battle against a very aggressive cancer, and sadly passed away on 23rd June 2014.
Tom did a huge amount for the sport of Amputee Football, EAFA and for the other charities to which he volunteered.
His love for our sport came through in his performances, he was a true warrior on the pitch and a true gentleman off it.
Thanks for all the messages of support from across the world on our social media feeds, they all reflect the regard in which Tom was held.
Tom, your EAFA family will miss you.
EAFA EDUCATION & AWARENESS COURSE - WOULD TEAM BUILDING WORK FOR YOU?
EAFA are happy to be an official FA partner. See how we are supporting their programmes and spreading the word of amputee & disability football to some of the brightest young coaches in the country.
If you think that your coaches or player or group would benefit from an awareness session please drop our FDO a email and we'll do our best to help.
GBAF SCANTEC SUMMER INTERNATIONALS AT LANCASHIRE FA. 26 JULY 2014
Our thanks goes out to our friends at Scantec Specialist Recruitment who made this event possible and to our colleagues at the Ireland Amputee FA for giving us a great weekend of competition. Thanks also goes out to all the generous supporters that came to a lovely sunny day at Lancashire FA.
The England Amputee FA would like to invite you to watch the only UK based Amputee Football International matches this year.
Come & enjoy two of Europe’s finest Amputee Football sides, as they battle it out in a 2014 World Cup warm up game....
Expect goals, excitement and commitment in the most visually impacting disability football.
Donations welcome on the door.
GBAF 1st team v Ireland:
Saturday 26th July.
Kick Off 3pm (Gates open 1.30pm)
GBAF Development v Ireland:
Sunday 27th July. Kick Off 12pm
Venue: Lancashire FA, The County Ground, Thurston Road, Leyland PR25 2LF
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for the tournament Scantec Personnel.
EAFA are proud to announce that in the build up to the 2014 WAFF World Cup in Mexico we will be hosting the Irish Amputee Team at Lancashire FA over the weekend of the 26th & 27th July 2014.
We also plan to defend our 2 time championship winning performances at the Ampfutbol Cup in Warsaw, Poland in September.
The GBAF 1st & Development Teams were announced after the London EAFL Rd4. To participate in the season's International events the team members will be out and about trying to raise the funding to allow them to do this. If you see them, please say hello & maybe find out why they are doing these events and why this is necessary.
If you are company or philanthropic individual we would love to have a meeting and maybe see if we could persuade you to come on board as an EAFA or GBAF Team Partner for the foreseeable future or for a one off event.
2013 EAFA CELEBRATES ENGLAND AMPUTEES 25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD CUP GLORY:
EAFA are proud to be marking the anniversary of the England Amputee team winning the first of its three World Championship titles this year. The picture below shows the team in its full glory at the 1988 Seattle tournament.
The current EAFA Chairman Steve Johnson is to be found second from the left on the front row (compare that to the photo below, where he is far right in his GBAF coaching role). Also hiding at the back is veteran Dave Gibson who, in this anniversary year, was still scoring goals for the current GBAF National team at the Paddy Power Cup in Ireland helping the team win! Albeit with slight less hair....A great achievement (still to be winning, not the losing hair part that is).
EAFA also owes a mention and huge thank you to the late Paul Stanyer (far right, standing). It was Paul's vision that started EAFA as the Amputee Football Charity. His efforts have provided the players of today and everyone in between with the chance to achieve their personal goals. Ranging from just having the feeling of either kicking a ball again, kicking one for the first time, or gaining an international cap, many people owe you one. Thanks.
This great occasion will be marked at EAFA's upcoming Awards Evening at the Mecure Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Blackburn after the first EAFL meeting in Manchester on 16th November.
GREAT BRITAIN AMPUTEE FOOTBALL DEFEND THEIR POLAND INVITATIONAL CUP TITLE:
07SEPT2013: GBAF successfully defended their title in Warsaw, Poland. Dominating their opponents and not conceding a goal throughout the 5 team 2 day competition.
Teams from Poland, Ukraine, Netherlands & Germany were in attendance. Full details can be found (in Polish) on the tournament website www.ampfutbolcup.pl
GBAF players now have some valuable down time to recharge prior to the EAFA National League that starts in November.
SEE ALL GREAT BRITAIN AMPUTEE FOOTBALL'S WORLD CUP 2012 GOALS RIGHT HERE:
01DEC2012: EAFA 2013 OPEN LEAGUE FIXTURES NOW PUBLISHED:
Please visit our fixtures page to see when you can get involved in competitive 'limb affected' league fixtures. There is no charge for participation, but we do advise that you let us know that you are turning up before hand - it is advisable to visit your regional session and sample the game there prior to playing, but not essential. Just ensure that you are in good health & fit to play, if you manage 5 minutes or plan to be an international it's all good fun.
13OCT2012: WAFF WORLD CUP - 5/6TH PLACE PLAY OFF: GBAF V GHANA:
GBAF beat Ghana 2-0 to claim 5th spot in the World Cup.
GBAF made every effort to overcome the disappointment of missing out on a semi-final place by beating Ghana on play off day. In what was a very physical game, GB struggled to find their flow in the first half and scores were level at the half time whistle. GB coaches Wild & Johnson made the necessary changes for the second half and the passing game that GB favours was back in business. Two sweeping moves saw GB's Gibson & Chambers get their names on the score sheet to guarantee 5th for Great Britain Amputee Football, moving up from 7th in 2010.
Our gratitude goes out to everyone that has helped get the team to this position; supporters, sponsors, friends, family and especially to those who have no connection to the sport but felt motivated to give what they could.
Looking forward. 2014 see's Mexico host the next WAFF World Cup. EAFA & GBAF are always looking for new players to get involved, next year's EAFL league fixtures are a great place to experience competition football, and local clubs or regional session can get you started in the game if you think you have what it takes to be there.
11OCT2012: WAFF WORLD CUP - GROUP PHASE: GBAF V TURKEY:
GBAF fail to progress to semi's, drawing 2-2 with Turkey.
GBAF found themselves in knockout football today at the Kaliningrad Stadium. The Turkish opposition came with their usual physical presence & bitty game plan, which worked supremely well for them, not allowing GB to find any rhythm. GB's midfield struggled to produce their passing play as the Turks threw themselves in to challenges & to the floor at every occasion. GB took the lead midway through the first half with another well executed set piece, only to be pegged back on the next attack.
Confident of getting a result GB pushed forward against the odds, and dropped behind to a screaming top corner effort from the Turkish No 8. GB continued to graft and got a timely penalty after Westbrook was wrestled to the ground. Tweed converted but with 5 mins to go the Turks hit the corners and GB found themselves looking at a 5/6th play off place on Saturday.
10OCT2012: WAFF WORLD CUP - GROUP PHASE: GBAF V UZBEKISTAN:
GBAF worry World Champions, but lose 2-4.
Great Britain Amputee Football put in a dogged display to worry the reigning World Championships. In a game where GB were expected to get nothing the team took the fight to the Uzbeks and showed the progress that they have made since the last World Cup.
Two - nil down at half time, didn't reflect the balance of play and in to the second half the team found themselves down by four! Quality and character showed through as Westbrook thundered a back post header in, closely followed by another successful set piece routine that Tweed finished with confidence.
A disappointing as the defeat was, the GB team rattled the World Champs, and took them closer than any other team for some time.
Other group 'b' results:
09OCT2012: WAFF WORLD CUP - GROUP PHASE: GBAF V JAPAN:
GBAF 7-0 against Japan, to regain much needed momentum.
GBAF bounced back from the Ukraine game yesterday to dominate a spirited Japanese team.
In an impressive display the team looked somewhere near their potential, scoring 2 in the first half and pressing home the advantage in the second, scoring 5 more.
The coaching staff managed to rotate most of the players giving some much needed rest time ahead of tomorrow's important meeting with the current World Champions, Uzbekistan.
Other group 'b' results: Turkey 3 v 1 Ukraine, Uzbekistan 6 v 1 Liberia.
08OCT2012: WAFF WORLD CUP - GROUP PHASE: GBAF V UKRAINE:
GBAF draw 1-1 against Ukraine in group'B's early kick off.
GBAF went in to today's match full of positive intent and on the back of beating the day's opponents 3 weeks ago in Poland. The GB team dominated the play and had many chances, taking the lead just before the break, with a great move being finished by Mickey Chambers. The dominance continued in to the second half, but a sharp break by the Ukraines saw a cross headed on to a GB defenders crutch in the goal area and the team faced a dubious penalty which was ultimately converted. With 10 mins left to play GB couldn't snatch a winner. The team now face Japan tomorrow and will hope to regain their winning ways.
07OCT2012: WAFF WORLD CUP - GROUP PHASE: GBAF V LIBERIA:
GBAF got their World Cup campaign off to a good start today beating African Nation Champions Liberia 4-0.
It was a slightly tired performance, with the long journey taking its toll, but the team got their act together to work hard for the result. The goals from Chambers (2), Wolfenden & Tweed, enabled the coaching staff to get the whole squad a valuable run out prior to taking on a usually strong Ukraine team (despite todays defeat) tomorrow.
Other group 'b' results: Japan 1 v 2 Ukraine, Uzbekistan 6 v 1 Turkey.
05OCT2012: WE ARE OFF.......
The Great Britain Amputee Football team are on their way today leaving for the World Cup in Russia. Follow the team on twitter @amputeefootball .
01OCT2012: NEW LONDON TEAM SESSIONS IN NORTH LONDON:
The new London Amputee Football Team will be training at Whittington Park, Holloway Road N19 4RS, weekly on Friday evenings between 5 & 6pm.
15SEP2012: UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENT, UPPERMILL FC OLDHAM.
THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR RAISING A FANTASTIC AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR THE CHARITY
On Saturday 29th September Uppermill FC will be holding a 70s/80's night in support of EAFA & Great Britain Amputee Football. If anyone can get along and support it will be a fantastic evening and a great way of supporting the charity.
To see a flyer for the event click here.
EAFA players alongisde some of the Uppermill FC team at the Paralympic awareness evening.
09SEP2012: GREAT BRITAIN WIN IN POLAND:
news to follow:
06SEP2012: POLISH 4 NATION FOOTBALL CUP COMPETITION:
GBAF will be attending the Poland 4 team tournament over the 8&9th Sept as a warm up for the upcoming WAFF World Cup next month. Teams attending will be the host nations 'A' & 'B' sides, as well as Ireland, Ukraine & Great Britain.
FUNDRAISING NEWS: THANKS EVERYONE!
EAFA & GBAF's players would like to extend their gratitude to everyone who has shown support for the charity's fundraising efforts over the past few months.
27JULY2012: EAFA OPEN LEAGUE NORTHERN EVENT 12/08/12:
EAFA with support from Sheffield Utd, The Derek Dooley Amputee Football Academy and the Sheffield & Hallam FA will be hosting the Northern Open League Session on Sunday 12th August 12-3pm.
Anyone with a Limb Deficiency or Limb affecting disorder is welcome to come along on the day to join a team for a game of football.
For further details contact the EAFA FDO fdo@theEAFA.co.uk
18JULY2012: GREAT BRITAIN TO ATTEND WORLD CUP:
EAFA are pleased to announce that we will be supporting a Great Britain Amputee Football Squad to attend the WAFF 2012 World Cup, to be held in the Baltic city of Kaliningrad. More details on the GBAF page.
The GBAF squad was announced after the EAFA Southern league meeting, which was a great success, the North narrowly beat the Southern team 2 -1. It was great to see so many new faces at the event at Oxford City FC.
14JULY2012: EAFA OPEN LEAGUE SOUTHERN EVENT.
14h July will see amputees (and others!) swarm on Oxford City FC's Astroturf facility for a 'Open League' event.
Teams will be selected on the day from whoever turns up and a bit of competitive fun can be had by all.
JUNE 2012: PLAYERS WANTED FOR NEW EAST LANCS SESSIONS.
Burnley Soccer Centre are looking for 4/5 players in the area to start an amputee specific session.
Anyone within the Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington area would be ideally situated to attend. If you think you would be interested in joining in a session then please get in touch with the Centre Directly (click here) or drop the EAFA FDO a email and we will pass on your details.
EAFA OPEN LEAGUE SESSIONS & GBAF TRAINING SESSIONS ANNOUNCED:
EAFA's 2012 Open league sessions have been announced on the fixtures page. Anyone regardless of their limb affecting physical disabiltiy is welcome to come along and join in on the days. We would advise informing EAFA of your attendance if you haven't been to an EAFA session before.
Also, the Great Britain National Squad training days for the summer have been released and will be held at Lancs FA in Leyland. These sessions will be invite only in the run up to the WAFF World Cup, players will be notified of selection by email. If you want to put yourself in the window for the squad it is advisable to attend local sessions & the league events.
May2012: EAFA Finish 2nd in the Victory Cup, Moscow: CSKA Stadium.
EAFA travelled to Moscow to attend the 2012 Victory Cup, at the invite of the Russian Disabled Football Federation.
The team were drawn in Group 2, against Iran, France & the host team Russia. Results can be seen in the right hand column. Group 1 contained Uzbekistan, Turkey, Ukraine & Abkhazia.
Thanks to a fantastic effort from the boys on the pitch and canny tactics from the EAFA coaching staff, they have made it to the final which will be played at CSKA Moscow's Indoor venue on Thursday 17th May.
The Final finished with the same result as the opening game, a 5-0 victory to Russia. Both teams upped their levels for the last game but the consistency & relentless pressure of the hosts was ultimately a step too far for the EAFA team.
The 2nd place was a great reward for the fantastic team effort that went on in the run up & throughout the tournament. Focus now switches to regional & open league sessions prior to the GB Staff selecting a squad for October's WAFF World Cup. Details of sessions will be on the fixtures page soon.
Have a look below at how the guys filled some time at Brussels Airport on the way home
EAFA2012 touring the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
MAY2012: Best Goal EVER?
EAFA has had, and has currently got some great players at all levels. But this young lad (15 at the time) from Argentina was on debut in the 2010 World Cup, in his home town - could it get any better? Let us know what you think tweet us @amputeefootball
01Apr2012: EAFA 4 Nations - Leigh Sports Village.
The last weekend in March saw 80 amputees from 4 European Teams converge on Leigh Sports Village to highlight disability sport in the Paralympic year.
GBAF's Development & Veterans teams played games against their German, Irish & Polish counterparts. The teams were visiting to gain valuable international experience by playing their first ever internationals.
The weekend was a massive sucess for all involved. The players all enjoyed the festival, and left the Lancashire town with fond memories and a renewed motivation for the future.
The event was only possible thanks to the support of Wigan's Cultural Partnership who part funded the event, and Leigh Sports Village. We would particularly like to thank Justin and his team for their help in the run up to and over the weekend.
IAFA & GBAF Vets line up prior to kick off for thier first ever encounter
01Apr2012: EAFA Raffle Prize Draw - Winners.
EAFA would like to thank everyone who entered the raffle. The prizes were drawn by the EAFA chairman on Sunday afternoon prior to the teams departing the 4 Nations tournament.
The winner of the star prize - a pair of Bolton Wanderers FC's Adam Bogdan Goalkeeper Gloves was Nadine Crane from Lancs FA.
Other winners were: D. Briars, K. Mulvey, M O'Neill, P. Jordan & D. Sauders.
Well done to all & thanks to those who donated the prizes.
31Mar2012: 4 Nation Amputee Football Development tournament:
GREAT BRITAIN AMPUTEE FOOTBALL v IRELAND - GERMANY - POLAND
EAFA is proud to host the first 4 Nations Tournament at Leigh Sports Village over the last weekend in March.
The event is aiming to showcase International Amputee Football in the region in the run up to the Paralympic Games by highlighting the 'Ability in Disability football'. We also look forward to welcoming Poland who are joint hosts of UEFA's European Championships later this year.
A Promotional poster can be downloaded from here: EAFA4N.pdf a picture version is available from the GBAF page.
KICK OFF TIME
Poland 2 v 1 Ireland
Great Britain 14 v 0 Germany
Great Britain 3 v 0 Poland
Ireland 3 v 1 Germany
Germany 0 v 4 Poland
Poland 2 v 0 Ireland
Great Britain 8 v 1 Germany
Ireland 1 v 7 Great Britain
EAFA would like to thank the following people: Wigan Borough's Cultural Partnership who have part funded the event. Also Leigh Sports Village, Sport4Life, Interaction PR, Park Inn Hotel & ABC Coach hire.
25Mar2011: EAFA Technical Director takes a well earned break.
EAFA would like to extend its gratitude to Adam Temple for his years of dedication to the charity. Since 2006 Adam has supported and guided EAFA and the GBAF team to the strong position it is at today. He has decided to take a well earned rest from the daily running charity and step down from his main duties for the remainder of the year. He will still continue to consult with EAFA but his main roles will be filled by GBAF Head Coach Pete Wild. Cheers Temps - catch you soon.
19Mar2012: BWFC supports clubs via 'Club Together' Scheme.
Bolton Wanders in Association with Lancashire FA, are in the second year of their popular Club Together cashback scheme.
It provides a fabulous opportunity for clubs to see the thrills of the Premier League at a discounted price of only £10 per person (min 10 tickets), and also earn much needed funding for your club. They are now extending this offer to teams outside the Lancs FA.
For every ticket the club buys, £4 will be reurned to the club....this means the more people you can get to attend, the more money you can raise for your club!
Please visit www.bwfcclubtogether.co.uk or ring 01204 673651 for more info.
13Mar2012: NEW EAFA 4 Nations Partner announced.
EAFA is proud to announce Leigh Sports Village as an Official Partner of the EAFA 4 Nations Tournament.
Simon Toon, LSV's Chief Exectutive said "Leigh Sports Village is delighted to host the EAFA 4 Nations Amputee Football Tournament. We have an ongoing commitment to disability sport and believe that the state-of-the-art facilities at the Sports Village will provide the perfect venue for this prestigious event".
07Mar2012: Wigan Borough Council gets behind EAFA 4 Nations.
Wigan Borough Council & Cultural Partnership have kindly part funded the EAFA 4 Nations Tournament. Thanks for your support we hope that the funding will help showcase our fantastic sport in the Borough and provide inspiration to both disabled & able bodied people wishing to come along and see the visually stunning sport in the Olympic / Paralympic year.
Mar2012: EAFA invited to send team to Russian Tournament:
EAFA Chairman & Everton Foundation Disability Manager Steve Johson will be working with EAFA Coach Pete Wild this May as they take a team of EAFA Amputees to a tournament hosted by the Russian Disabled Football Federation in Moscow.
Both Pete & Steve will be working with the squad straight after the EAFA 4 Nations games, and whilst they are focusing on trying to get good results for the EAFA2012 team, they have one eye on preparing some players to move up to the GBAF national squad for the World Cup later this year.
The players that have been invited in to the squad have been notified of their selection and will depart on the 10th of May subject to Visa approval and raising the necessary funds.
Mar2012: GBAF Open Trial / Training Session:
Want to play for the GBAF Squad? Saturday 10/03/2012 at Partingon Sports Village from 1030-1430hrs we will be hosting an open session and everyone is invited.
If you want to see what level you need to be at, or maybe you're there already and want to impress the coaches. Are you a coach and you want to see how to coach amputees to a National standard? Either way, please come along and join in, we are always looking for fresh new talent or returning players to boost the ranks.
Contact the EAFA development officer for further details.