ENGLAND AMPUTEE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
NEWS: THIS PAGE IS FOR NEWS FROM 2009 - 2011, FOR UP TO DATE ITEMS PLEASE CLICK HERE. THANKS.
2011: EAFA regional teams seek players for new sessions:
EAFA will be holding monthly regional sessions this season and competitive fixtures. Details of the sessions can be found on the fixtures page. If you would like to be involved as a player then please email the regional officers for details and register your interest. Remember you don't have to be an amputee specifically, and anyone is welcome regardless of ability.
Regions covered are: The Home Counties, London, Midlands, South West & South Wales, Manchester, North East, North West & Yorkshire.
Oct2011: EAFL Meeting 3 & 4 / GBAF Training:
October & Novembers EAFL dates will be rescheduled for early 2012. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to plans made by players wishing to attend.
The GBAF Training sessions on the preceding Saturdays will still go ahead as planned.
Sep2011: EAFL Meeting 2 & GBAF Training:
Games results, EAFL tables (League & Golden Boot) can know be seen on the fixtures page of the website.
The next round of meetings & GBAF national squad training are over the weekend of October 22nd & 23rd 2011.
The league is an open session so if you want to come along and join in, then please drop our Football Development Officer an email for details or contact your EAFA regional officer via the contacts page.
Sept2011: EAFA Football League & GBAF Training:
Over the weekend of the 3rd/4th of September GBAF held a training day for its latest development squad. Selected from the previous round of open training sessions. Well done to all that were selected.
On the Sunday the EAFL meeting 1 kicked off with a fantastic and close fought 3 team competition. The EAFL operates for anyone with an amputation or limb deficiency regardless of ability and it does not conform to the international rules of qualification. Game results can be found on the Fixtures page of the site in the right hand column. There will be more meetings in September, October & November for the teams to have another go at each other. Anyone wishing to join a team on the day is more than welcome to.
Sept2011: World Cup 2012: update:
In the wake of the Japanese disaster, the World Amputee Football Federation have been holding talks with the 2014 hosts Iran and they have agreed to step forward and fill the gap. The tournament is expected to be late in the year, around November / December 2012.
Jul2011: GBAF Veterans V GBAF Development Squad Match Days:
Over the weekend of the 23rd & 24th July, GBAF held two matches in place of the cancelled Ghana visit. The days were a great opportunity for the Coaches to see the countries top players go head to head. Also for some of the newer players it was a chance to show their skills ahead of the forthcoming competitions.
Saturday saw the Development squad run away with a 'in extra time' 5 - 1 victory. Sunday was a little closer with a 2 - 2 extra time result and then the composure of the Veterans Squad told as they won the shoot out 6 - 3.
From these games the GBAF National Coaches will select a Training Squad to attend the next National Squad Training Day. It is planned to hold a EAFA League meeting the day after, from where the next Squad will be selected to take the team forward.
This is in preparation for the IWAS Demonstration Tournament in the UAE in December this year & then next years World Event, should a new host nation be found.
Jul2011: World Cup 2012 - News update:
News has filtered through to EAFA from the WAFF President Ademir Cruz, that the World Cup 2012 to be hosted by Japan has had to be cancelled due to recent events.
The good news is that with plenty of time to rearrange, two nations have already expressed their intention to be replacement hosts. Both Argentina and the USA are hoping to present plans to the WAFF board in the near future. EAFA is look forward to supporting a National team to which ever country is successful.
July2011: Disappointment hits GBAF once again:
The GBAF Squads have been hit with yet another disappointment as the Ghana Team have withdrawn at the last minute.
The Saturday & Sunday games at Partington Sports Village will still go ahead as the Veterans take on the Development Squad in a series of one-upsmanship games.
Jun2011: Ghana National Team to play in Manchester:
*Squads have been announced - see GBAF page for details*
EAFA is pleased to announce that the Ghanaian National Amputee team is planning to play a series of games in Manchester in July.
EAFA plans to support the Great Britain Amputee Football Veterans team, Development squad & Manchester Amputee FC as they test themselves against the Ghana boys who are using the games to prepare for the African Cup of Nations which they host in Accra later this year.
More Details to follow...
Jun2011: EAFA Charity news - New post created:
EAFA would like to welcome Mike Mulvey, a long time player, to its volunteer ranks.
Mike will be taking up the role of Fundraising Coordinator within the charity. Given his past successes of fund raising for the GBAF squad, we are hoping that his powers of persuasion will enable him to bring in some more funds to enable the charity to continue its ongoing development work right across the country & Europe, and in its support of our National Team GBAF, given the continued absence of the English FA.
If you would like to host an event on EAFA's behalf, do an individual sponsored event, or discover how to make a donation then please drop Mike an email via the contacts page.
Jun2011: GBAF 2nd Open Training Session - Sunday 10h July:
On Sunday 10th July EAFA & GBAF will be holding a 2nd open training session for anyone with ambitions of representing their country at any stage in the future.
Age & ability is not an issue, whether you have been training for 20 years or just discovered the game, if you feel that you have something to offer now or further down the line, then please do come along and join in.
The venue is Saltley Community Leisure Centre, Birmingham. The session will run from 1pm - 4pm.
Please bring suitable training kit, astroturf boots & spare equipment as required. Also don't forget to pack some refreshments and snacks!
For further info please email the EAFA football development officer via the contacts page).
13 - 15th May2011: Regional Sessions:
Across this weekend EAFA and will be running its 2 hour development sessions in association with its regional partners. Please see the fixtures or contacts page to get in touch with the person running the event local to you or contact the EAFA FDO directly for further details as different regions train on different times & days.
In other news, Poland are in the process of starting a project as are Mexico, taking the number of countries actively promoting the game in to the twenties (view their websites via the links page). Ireland is pushing their new project by hosting another development day in Limerick on the 28th of this month to back up the now regular sessions in Dublin.
GBAF / National Squad Training: Plans are under way to host a GBAF development camp / open training sessions for those wanting to try out for the team, please keep watching for details or contact the FDO to register your interest (those players currently involved with the regional sessions will be contacted directly).
April 2011: Regional updates:
Germany launch new website: click
FAI Ireland development day - Dublin Saturday 09th
EAFA regional sessions at coutrywide venues across the weekend of 08th / 09th / 10th & 11th. See fixtures & contacts page for details
9th-14thMar2011: EAFA Regional Session:
This weekend saw the monthly EAFA Regional Development Sessions introduce more new players to the fantastic sport that is Amputee Football.
It was a huge morale boost for the EAFA regional reps to see their hard work start to pay off and see new youngsters at Bristol, St Albans, Sheffield & the Manchester session, as well as some older players trying out for the first time.
Other sessions went ahead in for the Lancs & Mersey, and Midland regions. If you are thinking about having a go but have not summoned the courage to do so, then please get in touch today and come and join in. See the 'Contacts' page for details.
During the Lancs & Mersey session EAFA regional rep & keeper Ant Mitchell presented Michael Chambers with his World Cup 2010 cap. Michael who wasn't able to attend the original presentation at Sheffield United has now made appearances at 3 World Championships & 1 European championships and is still only 21. Visit www.lmafc.co.uk for pics or to join him at training sessions.
26Feb2011: Great Britain Amputee Football Cap Presentation:
On the 26th of February, the Great Britain Amputee Football squad that attended the Amputee World Cup in Viale, Argentina, were presented with their Honours Cap in recognition of their achievement at last years tournament.
The GBAF team, that finished seventh, were hosted by Sheffield United FC at Bramall Lane and were invited on to the pitch at half time to receive the applause of the Sheffield & Derby fans. It was a great day and our thanks go out to all at Sheffield United that made the day possible.
GBAF Goalkeepers Graham Brade, Ty Welcome & Ant Mitchell proudly show their caps in the Sheffield Utd Platinum Suite.
The squad were presented their caps by Sylvia Dooley, wife of the late Derek Dooley MBE, a footballing amputee himself and long serving Chairman for many years. The Sheffield based Derek Dooley Amputee Football Acadamey are still looking for local players interested in getting involved at their weekly sessions at the Goals Soccer Centre.
Feb2011: SOUTH WEST & SOUTH WALES DEVELOPMENT SESSION:
On the 12th of February EAFA will be holding an Amputee Football development session for the South West & South Wales in Bristol.
Filton College have been extremely helpful in allowing us to host the session on their indoor astroturf pitch at the WISE Campus, Stoke Gifford.
We encourage all those in the region to come along if you can make it. Please contact EAFA's Football Development Officer to register your interest and for full details of the day.fdo@theEAFA.co.uk
Jan2011: NEW AMPUTEE CLUB SESSIONS STARTING: NORTH WEST:
On the back of the newly formed St Albans Amputee FC, another new club has started sessions.
Lancs & Mersey Amputee FC had it first training session this month. Held at the Buckshaw Village Community Pitch in Chorley (Until the new pitches are completed at the Lancs FA headquarters in Leyland) the team had a hand full of regular faces and a couple of new faces to form a team that will take on the might of Manchester Amputee FC in future league meetings.
If you would like to get involved then please contact the EAFA North West rep, Ant Mitchell by emailing lancs&mersey@theEAFA.co.uk and come along for a trial.
* check out their new websitewww.lmafc.co.uk for all the latest information *
Jan2011: European Development news: Ireland & Germany:
UPDATE: IRISH AMPUTEE SESSION - NEW DATE & LOCATION - Saturday 9th April in Dublin
The FAI will be relaunching their amputee football program in April with a development day in Dublin on the 09th from 12 - 4 pm. Details can be found by contacting Oisin Jordan the FAI Football For All Co-ordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting their website this can be found on the links page.
German co-ordinator Lothar Schacke also informs us that they will be hosting another training session in mid-January & throughout the year. He can be reached via the links page also.
Dec2010: New club formed: St Albans Amputee FC.
St Albans Amputee Football club has been formed in association with St Albans City Youth Football Club. The sessions will be based at Highfield Sports Centre as part of EAFA's wider development project. EAFA's regional contact Peter Monk will work with David Wray to develop the Amputee sessions and raise participation in the region. More details will follow in the new year and details will appear on their website which can be visited here: www.cityyouthfc.co.uk
Contact Peter: email@example.com
24oct2010: World Cup Final - Result:
Uzbekistan stamped their authority on the world of amputee football by defending their status as World Champions in a 3-1 victory over the hosts Argentina, in the City of Crespo. In the 3rd place play off, earlier in the evening, Turkey showed their continued improvement by beating Russia 1-0.
1. Uzbekistan 2. Argentina 3. Turkey 4. Russia 5. Brazil 6. Ghana 7. GBAF
8. Ukriane 9. Angola 10. El Salvador 11. Liberia 12. Iran 13. France 14. Japan
All eyes and ambitions are now on the 2012 event that Japan have been chosen to host. GBAF will be targeting an improvement on this years result and an expansion of last seasons league events and players will be key to achieving that goal. So if you think you have what it takes to play the sport and fancy taking on the world's elite then get in touch or keep an eye on the fixtures page for future meetings.
23oct2010: Play off results: GBAF v Ukraine:
After having a daunting week playing the top 3 teams in the world, GBAF finally settled down and played off for 7th & 8th position. The lads did themselves proud by winning the game 2-0, a repectable result given loading of initial group draw. The hosts Argentina beat Russia 4-1 in a penalty shoot out to go forward to the final, facing defending champions Uzbekistan. In the 3rd place play off Russia face Turkey.
22oct2010: Brazil go nuts:
In the final match of the second group stage, Brazil defeated GBAF 5-1. Initial reports tell EAFA news that Dave Gibson scored the solitary GB goal, while Ray Westbrook was sent off for the second time in as many tournaments. GBAF now need to pick themselves up and face a play off for 7th & 8th place against Ukraine.
21oct2010: From Russia With No Love - pt2:
GBAF made the 2nd of 3 trips to the City of Parana in the 2nd Group stage for a game against Russia where only a win would keep them in with a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. Once again the Russian team was too strong, but a fiery defence kept the score to 2-0 right up until the last few minutes when Russia doubled the score. A stellar performance by keeper Tyrone Welcome kept it down to 4-0 at the final whistle, but that will be of little comfort as the team returns again tonight to face the third of the top 3 teams in the world, Brazil.
20oct2010: World Cup - 2nd Group phase.
GBAF received a painful lesson from the defending world champions Uzbekistan losing 6-1, with a goal from GBAF defender Lee Dobson. To compound this disappointment the two main goal threats of Darren Mitchell and Michael Chambers are both out for the crunch tie against Russia that is now a must win match to give themselves a chance of progression. We send our wishes to the team and hope they can pull it off.
World Cup 2010 Viale: GBAF players visit local school:
The people of Viale, GBAF's host town, have been nothing but friendly and accommodating to the team since their arrival. From kids wanting to shake the hands of international footballers to people just wanting to practice their English skills, the team has done everything to show their gratitude for the attention. Team Captain Tom Jordan led a small group of players to a local school to say hello and have a Q&A session with the pupils. The visit went really and well was fun for all.
19oct10: Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad!
GBAF won their second group game to qualify for the second group stage of the WAFF World Cup in Argentina.
Goals from Mickey Chambers & Sean Kelly helped the team beat Angola 2-0. Ray Westbrook backed up with a solid defensive performance making sure that the GB keeper had a quiet night and achieved the first clean sheet. The boys now go through to face defending champions Uzbekistan, Russia and Brazil all over the next few days.
18oct10: From Russia With No Love:
Russia once again showed their class and persistance as they came from 1-0 down to win 5-1 keeping their almost faultless recent record against England & GB teams in recent years.
Darren Mitchell scored a fine goal early on to put GBAF in front, and the boys went into the break at 1-1, it could have so easily been GB in front but for some good goalkeeping. The second half was a different tale with GB conceding a couple of quick goals. After that the game was gone but it provided a great chance to blood some of the younger, less experienced players in the squad against quality opposition.
17oct10: GBAF overcome plucky debutants - 1st Group phase
Captain fantastic Tom Jordan led GBAF to a well earned victory in the opening game of group 'D' beating debutants Haiti 2-1. See Youtube page for footage.
Tom in his first game as captain smashed the onion bag in the second half to give GB the lead only to be pegged back shortly after by a fine strike from the Haitian winger. Ray Westbrook clinched the winner after having a goal disallowed earlier in the half, setting the team up for an important meeting with the old enemy Russia later tomorrow.
Haiti was a late change to the group after Sierra Leone failed to show at the tournament.
13oct10: GBAF departs to World Cup 2010:
Great Britian Amputee Football team starts the really hard work today as they realise their dream of attending the 2010 World Cup, having achieved their first target of fundraising.
EAFA wishes the team well, and would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the fund to get them there. Every single donation has helped and it has gone down to the wire, and now the boys are now on their way.
We would like to mention everyone but it isn't possible, we thank you all equally and sincerely. Please visit the sponsors page to see our regular and major contributors.
29sep10: sessions in south wales - do you want to play?
As part of EAFA's expanding national development program we now have a representative in South Wales who is looking for players with a view to starting a team in his region. So if you are interested in taking part or getting invovled in any capacity then please drop Kris a line via the links page and start the ball rolling!
Any EAFA supported session are open to all amputees, persons with congenital deficiences or to people with restricted use of a limb.
08sep10: GBAF - International Training Weekends:
Dates for GBAF's pre-tournament training sessions have been confirmed. These sessions are mandatory for all squad members but also open to anyone wishing to try out for future squads. So if you think you have what it takes to represent Great Britain then please email the EAFA Technical Director & Head Coach on 'firstname.lastname@example.org' and ask for details.
03sep10: Yorks - Derek Dooley Football Academy 10/11 Season:
Goals Soccer Centre in Sheffield have opened the new season with a revised programme for Amputees and Disabled footballers in the Sheffield region.
Weekly sessions will be held between 10am - 12pm starting from the 4th of September. All age groups are catered for and all disabilities. Please contact the coaching staff by following the link on the 'links page' of this site.
23aug10: EAFA - East Anglia Amputee Football Announcement:
EAFA would like to thank the outgoing East Anglia region rep for his work. After just a short time in the job he has taken the decision to cease his involvement in the sport and his work with EAFA.
We would lke to reassure all those affected in the region that they will still be able to find footballing opportunities at local disability clubs and through their County FA & their Centre of Excellence programs, dependent on age. More importantly you will still be able to compete in next seasons England Amputee Football League meetings and represent your region.
Anyone with any interest in starting the game or with any questions about ongoing projects should contact EAFA's Football Development Officer via the contact page of this site for further information.
02aug10: World Cup group draw announced:
Great Britain Amputee Football have a demanding route to the final and will certainly earn any honours they receive following the draw made in Argentina yesterday.
Group A: Argentina, Ukraine, France, Japan, Haiti.
Group B: Uzbekistan, Brazil, Iran, Nigeria.
Group C: Turkey, El Salvador, Ghana, Liberia, Algeria.
Group D: Russia, Great Britain, Angola, Sierra Leone.
Top 2 go through from each group, A play C and B play D in the 2nd phase, with semi's and finals to follow.
30jul10: Great Britain Amputee Football, confirm WC entry:
It has gone right down to the wire for EAFA to confirm GBAF's entry at the 2010 WAFF World Cup. Thankfully we can announce that the team will be there and looking to improve on 2007's disappointing result.
The team still desperately need funds to ensure the preparation can be as good as it needs to be to take on the rest of the world elite, so if you can help please do. Thanks to those who have supported us and got us to this point.
15jul10: Important County FA news for all young amputees:
Great news for all young amputees & those with limb deficiencies aspiring to play football. This season sees the County Football Associations looking to include amputees in specific Under 14 & Under 18 age groups at their CFA Centres of Excellence. This should mean access to quality coaching in every region across England for amputees between September and May and should provide a genuine player pathway to county level and beyond. Trial sessions will be starting soon and anyone wishing to attend should contact their local CFA Disability Officer. Follow the link to find your nearest CFA.click here
05jul10: EAFA / GBAF World Cup booklet, Royle Publishing:
Following the Takeda Cup International games and the media coverage surrounding the event, Tom Ansbro of Royle Publishing based in Burnley Lancs, has offered his company's assistance in producing a World Cup booklet to help raise funds for the team to cover it's expenses and raise the profile of the sport further.
Thanks to everyone who is offering their support to the production of this booklet and contributing to the GBAF's efforts. For further information contact Tom email@example.com visit him atwww.roylepublishing.co.uk
07jun10: GBAF v France, Takeda Cup games:
Great Britain Amputee Football played the French National team at Woodley Sports Stadium on the 5th & 6th June for the Takeda Cup.
GBAF ran out comfortable winners on the Saturday in a 10-0 display of dominating football. On Sunday, France upped their game to get on the score sheet with some fine counter-attacking football, but still lost 3-1 on the day.
EAFA would like to express its thanks to everyone who turned out to support the teams over the weekend and those who made the event possible, especially Takeda UK, Sainsburys, Interaction PR, Umbro and Woodley Stadium.
With appearances on regional news and the BBC's 'One Show' great steps forward were made in getting amputee football in to the homes of the nation.
Further news & video clips will appear on the GBAF page of the site over the coming weeks and donations to support the team to WC2010 in Argentina can be made online following the link above.
01jun10: GBAF v France international , Takeda Cup:
This coming saturday (5th june) Great Britain Amputee Football will host the French national team and compete for the 'Takeda Cup' in a World Cup warm up game at Woodley Sports Stadium, Stockport, Manchester. The day is shaping up to be the greatest amputee football spectacle that the country has ever seen.
The event is also about raising awareness of our great sport and hopefully raising some much needed funds to enable the team to compete in the WAFF World Cup to be held in Argentina in October this year.
The days events get underway at 1300hrs with a U12's pan-disability game between Manchester United & Everton, followed by the main event kicking off about 1345hrs at:
Woodley Sports Stadium, Lambeth Grove, Woodley, Stockport, SK6 1QX.
Entry is free, donations are welcome and all monies collected will go towards sending the squad to the World Cup. All the seating has been pre-allocated so standing room only on the day. We hope to see you there.
17may10: The LA Cup:
The EAFA supported LA Cup featured teams from London, East Anglia & Manchester. The day, held at Chelsea FC's Cobham training facility, was a great success and featured many new players & those making their competitive debuts.
The round robin format saw London Amputees & Manchester (United) Amputee FC playing off for the top spot for the 3rd year running, with MAFC winning a close game 3-1 by the final whistle.
There were many stand out moments during the day's play, the country's top two keepers were in fine form, and the outfield players were looking to shine and catch the eye of the national selectors in the run up to the GBAF international versus France in June.
A massive thanks goes out to Rob of Chelsea & Dean from the Limbless Association for making the day happen. We look forward to next year's Cup and more teams being involved.
12may10: EAFA League meeting 3, the 'LA Cup'
This Sunday, 16th May, the Limbless Association host the LA Cup. The annual Amputee Football Trophy competition will be held at Chelsea FC's training ground, 64 Stoke Rd, Stoke D'Abernon, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3PT.
All are welcome to come and watch or join a team for the day.
Manchester Amputee FC are aiming for their 3rd success in a row, but if it is anything like last year they will be pushed all the way by the London team, and the newly formed East Anglia team cannot be underestimated.
Whatever happens it promises to be a great day. The fun kicks off at 2pm, players should be there for 1pm.
04may10: GBAF v AFFA Provisional squad announced:
GBAF has just announced the provisional squad for the upcoming 'Takeda Cup' games against France on the 5th & 6th June at Woodley Sports Stadium in Stockport, Manchester.
Congratulations to those selected, the squad list is available to view on the GBAF page of the website (click here), the main squad will be announced after the LA Cup competition weekend on the 17th May.
19apr10: EAFL Cambridge:
The EAFA drop-in league held its second meeting in Cambridge with great success. On a beautiful sunny day at Comberton Sports College, Team Anglia made their debut in competitive football and pushed the experienced Manchester AFC to a close result. MAFC ran out winners with an extra time goal from their young international Martin 'Biscuits' Heald.
Team Anglia manager & event organiser Simon Johnston, was delighted with how the day went and is looking to push the sport further throughout the region and increase participation in time for the LA Cup next month in London.
A big thank you goes to Cambridge FA for hosting the EAFL, we look forward to returning next season.
14apr10: Takeda UK sponsor EAFA / GBAF:
Takeda UK have offered their kind support to EAFA & GBAF and will sponsor the June International games between Great Britain and France amputee football teams.
For further details follow the link to Takeda UK's website: click here
01apr10: EAFA Drop-in Football League Meeting:
Following the sucess of the first EAFA regional limbless football league meeting in Sheffield last month, the next session is to be hosted by Cambridge FA on SATURDAY 17th APRIL 12-3pm Comberton Village College.
The EAFL is a 'drop-in' league so anyone wishing to participate is welcome to come along on the day and we can place you in a team for the session and the rest of the season (if you enjoy it!).
01feb10: EAFA Amputee Football Development Sessions:
EAFA, in association with its regional partners, will be holding a series of development days across the country. These sessions are open to anyone with a limb disorder or amputation of any form. See the 'Fixtures' page for dates, times & venues.
01feb10: EAFA League & Cup Launches Soon:
EAFA hae just announced the highly anticipated launch of the Amputee Football League. March, April & June will see the league being played in Sheffield, Cambridge & Birmingham. May will see the teams compete for the LA Cup in Cobham at Chelsea's training complex.
Please visit the 'Fixtures' page for further details.
18jan10: Upper Limb Loss Info:
For those with upper limb amputations & deficiencies you can now see a video clip of GBAF's Goalkeepers in action on our 'Youtube' page. Although at international level you would be restricted to being a goalkeeper, when the EAFA Amputee League launches in February this year you are welcome to play any position you like. So come along and give it a go.
NEWS from 2009
01dec09: European Development News: Germany:
UPDATE: see footage of this trip on our 'youtube clips' page: click here.
EAFA & Manchester Amputee Football Club players were guests of the first German Amputee football Team at their second ever training weekend over the 28th & 29th November, in the city of Stuttgart. The German team had 11 players for the sessions, and played a series of games both against and with the English players to develop technique & awareness of the sport. Team organiser, Lothar Schacke, now aims to take the development sessions around Germany to increase participation and provide playing opportunites. To contact him please go to the links page of www.theEAFA.co.uk
EAFA would like to thank our hosts for a great weekend & we look forward to welcoming them to England for a return fixture in the near future.
23nov09: Argentinian 'Brotherhood Cup' kicks off:
For the next week, the Argentinian Amputee football Club 'Club Crespo' host Brazil, El Slavador & Ghana to play for the 'Brotherhood Cup' in what is expected to be a trial for the hosting of next years World Cup. For results and further info please visit the hosts site from the EAFA links page. click here
Results: 1st, Brazil. 2nd, Argentina. 3rd, El Salvador. 4th, Ghana.
16nov09: Amputee Footballer wins well deserved Sports Award.
An amputee footballer has been honoured at the Lancashire Sports Awards ceremony in Blackpool. To see who it was and what he won, please follow the press link at the bottom of this page.
29oct09: 'Behind the Scenes with GBAF' video diaries.
The Guardian's John Domokos spent a few days with GBAF recently. You can see video footage of what he discovered about amputee football and the realities facing the team, by following the link at the bottom of this page.
28oct09: EAFA development news: East Anglia team?
Great news for all potential players in East Anglia. EAFA are linking in with a regional contact that will hopefully increase participation and lead to a new team in the area. For the time being, people wishing to find out whats happening should email fdo@theEAFA.co.uk and we will forward your details on.
15oct09: World Cup 2009 Cancelled!
GBAF are in a state of shock after the WC09 was cancelled with less than 4 weeks to go.
EAFA reported that it was in doubt last week, and it seems that the Brazilian organisation couldn't secure the necessary funding to host the competition in the short time left after the town of Nova Friburgo pulled out.
GB Head coach, Adam Temple said 'We're all gutted, after all the hard work that's gone in over the past year from everyone, from players to fundraisers. We need to make sure that we now plan for the future, and use the funds that we've raised wisely and make sure the squad gets some competitive international football, if possible.'
The World Amputee Football Federation has yet to release a statement on it's website, or indicate what lies ahead for the sport after this disappointing episode.
10oct09: World Cup 2009 in doubt!
EAFA sadly has to report that the Brazilian town of Nova Friburgo has now withdrawn their pledge to fund the Amputee World Cup 2009, a mere 4 weeks before the event was due to take place.
Details are unclear as to what will happen, but it is believed that alternatives are being looked at by the host organisation. GBAF are still committed to playing competitive football this year and are hoping a quick solution can be found.
19sept09: MP helps the GBAF fundraising cause.
David Borrow, Labour MP for South Ribble, kindly organised for the team to collect outside McDonlalds in Leyland. The event surpassed everyone's expectations thanks to the generosity of the people of Leyland.
july09: GBAF announce new teamwear supplier.
Great Britain Amputee Football are happy to announce that sportswear manufacturer Umbro are to provide playing and teamwear for the 09/10 season. You can view the Umbro teamwear range by clicking here.
13july09: WAFF World cup 2009, Brazil.
The WAFF world cup that was scheduled to be played in Brazil in early September has been postponed until November. The hosts quickly notified the participating teams, with the local authorities citing the current swine flu pandemic as the reason for the delay. The new dates for the competition will be 08-18 november 09.
12july09: LA Football Cup, Feltham Community College, London.
The Limbless Association hosted its annual cup competition at Feltham Community College, 1-4pm on the 12 july 2009.
It was a great afternoon of football with amputee teams from Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United competing.
The final was played between Tottenham and Manchester United, a determined Tottenham managed to take the northerners to extra time but ended up losing 0-1 by the time the whistle was blown. So Manchester ended up sucessfully defending the title which they won last year for the first time.
click here to go to the limbless association's website for further info.
28june09: GBAF fundraiser, Wyre Juniors FC, fleetwood, Lancashire.
Paul Gray of Pro-onefootball.co.uk with the help of Wyre Juniors FC kindly organised a fundraising event to help towards GBAF's world cup trip this September.
GBAF played an exhibition match against one of the attending teams in a day of several matches organised by the hosts. A substantial amount of money was raised and big thank you goes out to all that donated and turned up to enjoy the day.
27june09: SPEEAD masterclass, Loughborough.
EAFA hosted the football stand at the SPEEAD masterclass at the High Performance Athletic Centre, Loughborough University.
The emphasis of the day was on limb users exploring the boundaries of their current prosthesis by trying the many sports on offer, the EAFA stand was well received, and everybody from amputees to physios had a go at 'sticking the ball in the back of the net'.
We hope everyone enjoyed the day and chooses to get involved in football at some level after this short taster session.
june09: African Amputee Football President passes away.
EAFA has been informed that Rev. Robert Maluwe Karloh, the President of the Amputee Football Federation of Africa has passed away.
The Rev. was a tireless supporter of amputee football in africa, and we hope that his work will be continued and remain a testament to him.
23may09: GBAF trial day, Partington Sports Village, Manchester.
A total of 19 players new and old attended the GBAF world cup trials, held at Partington sports village. a series of training weekends are planned in the run up to the competition.
The players represented the following areas: Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Hampshire, Mersyside, London, West Midlands, Derbyshire & Glamorgan.
The squad needs financial help to attend and is still working hard to raise funds to travel to the tournament to be held in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, in September this year.
Amputee football in press. follow the links to see what's being written:
14april10 'Takeda UK backs British Amputee Football'
16november09 'inspiring footballer honoured' click here
29october09 'behind the scenes with GBAF' guardian news video: click here
22may09 'public support saves amputees cup dream' click here
20may09 'amputee footballers defy FA snub' click here
16may09 'funding veto ends amputees dream' click here
30march09 'football glory for fylde amputee' click here
05march09 'brave boy's soccer goal' click here
26sept08 'amputee footballer inducted into national hall of fame' click here
20june05 'the boy from brazil' click here
GBAF trial squad 23/05/09 partington sports village