Bid to create Portsmouth amputee side

  • Portsmouth Amputee FC to become only fifth club in the country
  • Club to enter national league with Thursday training sessions
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Portsmouth is seeking to become home to only the fifth amputee football team in the country.

And the call has gone out for prospective players to sign up for the new season.

There is a large geographic area for us to pick from, covering Bournemouth, Southampton, Brighton and, of course, Portsmouth so we’re hoping for a good turn out

Mike Pink

Pompey in the Community (PitC) are heading the search for footballers in a bid to create Portsmouth Amputee FC.

The side already have Spike Westbrook on board, an England amputee international from Cosham who has been a key figure in driving the club conception forward.

He currently represents Oxford City Amputee, with London Amputee FC the other nearest team.

Completing the existing four-club league are Lancs & Mersey as well as Manchester Amputee.

Now the city of Portsmouth wants to join in and on Sunday, a four-hour event aimed at recruiting players is being held at Furze Lane.

Taking place from midday, organisers are seeking to attract those with upper and lower amputations, congenital deficiencies or restricted use of limbs.

And PitC disability development coordinator Mike Pink is hoping for an encouraging turnout.

He said: ‘Our aim is to start a new team for the south which can enter the Amputee League for next season and we are on the lookout for players.

‘As part of Sunday’s event, the four existing clubs are coming down to Furze Lane to play the final round of fixtures, just to show people what the league is about.

‘We will also be holding a taster session for anybody interested in playing amputee football on a regular basis.

‘Hopefully people will come down, enjoy taking part in the session and then be part of the team we are creating.

‘There is a large geographical area for us to pick from, covering Bournemouth, Southampton, Brighton and, of course, Portsmouth, so we’re hoping for a good turnout.

‘Spike has been brilliant, he is one of the top players in the country, knows the league well and is aware of a few people who want to join.

‘We also have Southampton-based solicitors Irwin Mitchell sponsoring the new team with kits and travel, so everything is in place.

‘Anybody interested please come down and have a look at what we offer.’

At league level, players with prosthetic legs and those on crutches are allowed to compete.

Matches are played with five-a-side, although it is flexible, with the potential to host seven-a-side fixtures.

Sunday’s event will run from 12-4pm at Furze Lane, in addition there will be weekly training sessions taking place from 7-8pm from Thursday, May 28.

For more information contact Mike Pink on (023) 9272 8899 or michael.pink@pompeyitc.org.uk