Earlier today, England’s Wheelchair Football Association announced their eight member strong team to participate in a training camp in February of next year. The squad includes six senior players, and two development players. Invited to the camp are Jon Bolding and Charlie Kitcher of Aspire PFC, Edward Common of Northern Thunder PFC, Chris Gordon, David Lewis and Daniel Kay of Sporting Club Albion, and development players Jordan Williams of Aspire PFC and Matt Francis of Brighton & Hove Albion PFC. The team is preparing for the FIFPA World Cup.
Earlier this year, the team placed second at the EPFA Nations Cup. They finished behind France who pioneered the game. Returning national team player and captain Kitcher was England’s Best Player in England’s 5 – 0 finals loss. He was one of the team’s most prolific scorers in the tournament, scoring 4 of England’s 5 goals against Belgium. Gordon and Common, who have also been invited back, were other important goal scorers for England in the tournament.
Alongside the training camp, there will be a coaching clinic for coaches in the national league to give them an opportunity to see how the national team training works and what it takes to develop a winning side.