Show Us You Can Play! – Powerchair Sports

Powerchair Sports Victoria President Luke David says getting involved in Powerchair sports changed his life, giving him an opportunity to socialise with other people and forget about his disability.

Powerchair Sports Victoria player playing football (soccer)

Show Us You Can Play!

Show Us You Can Play! is a series of uplifting stories with inspirational people who are living proof that participating in sport and recreation is a right for all Victorians.


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Show Us You Can Play! is a series of uplifting stories featuring inspirational people who are living proof that participating in sport and recreation is a right for all Victorians.

“As soon as I got into Powerchair Sports my life has changed so much.”

Luke David is the President of Powerchair Sports Victoria and is passionate about advocacy, inclusion and building opportunities for people with disability to participate in sport and access their community.

“The biggest impact has been on my social life, being able to meet similar people that go through similar experiences and challenges that I do has been really important.’

“This gives them the chance to play sport, meet new people and get them out of their comfort zone a little bit.”

Powerchair Sports Victoria is a community-based, non-profit association run by volunteers, parents and players with a clear focus on providing sport and recreational opportunities for people who use a powerchair for mobility. 

“There is a variety of different powerchair sports in football (soccer), hockey, balloon soccer and other activities like esports leagues.”

Powerchair football (soccer) is an adapted version of indoor football that is highly competitive, fast-paced and entertaining with opportunities to play at local, national and international level.

Teams consist of up to eight players, with four players per team on the court. Matches are played on basketball courts and consist of two 20-minute halves.

Players use specially made guards to dribble and ‘kick’ the ball around with the intention to gain maximum power and speed through spinning (spin kick) the ball. 

Melbourne City FC is proud to be the first A-League club in Victoria to establish an affiliated powerchair football team. The team was established in 2015, when Luke and his teammate Craig Kilby approached Melbourne City Football Club and City in the Community for support. 

The team has gone on to win three Victorian championships and has competed in the Australian Powerchair Football Association’s Club Championships against teams from all around Australia and New Zealand.

Sport has many benefits as it helps build character through teamwork, communication, leadership, hard work, perseverance and good sportsmanship. Powerchair Sports Victoria encourages Victorians with disability to take part and experience the positive impact sport can have on your life.

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