As the development of powerchair football is ramping up in Spain, the country’s first club, Furia de Alicante, is actively seeking volunteers to support the sport’s continued growth. They are urging anyone interested in assisting them to get in touch via their website, fpcspain.com, or their Facebook fan page, Futbol Silla de Ruedas Eléctrica – POWER CHAIR.
Club President Vicent Macia has been the major force behind the development of Furia de Alicante. Getting more volunteers and people involved will assist in laying a framework for creating both a national league and national team established for Spain. Macia has been trying to develop relationships with Spain’s major disability sports organizations including including with Federación Española de Deportes de Discapacitados Físicos. He has also been able to get support from the European Powerchair Football Association. Other cities in Spain are also establishing or have established teams, including Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia with a goal of participating in a national competition.
Internationally, the sport is continuing to grow. The sports governing body, FIPFA, has been rapidly professionalizing the sport’s governance ahead of an expected bid to be included on the Paralympic program for the 2024 Summer Games. Powerchair football is played on every continent in the world, and has had several continental championships in Europe and the Americas. FIPFA has 27 member countries. The sport’s leadership participates in an advisory group involving other disability football variant organizations.