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POWERCHAIR TEAM SET FOR EUROPEAN TEST

12 October 2016

Albion's powerchair team have reached their fundraising target.


Brighton & Hove Albion's powerchair team are set to take on the best in Europe, after Albion in the Community matched the generous donations from Seagulls fans to help the team reach its fundraising target.

More than £2,500 was donated within days of a campaign being launched online by the powerchair team, and AITC decided to match that total.

Following AITC’s donation, a generous Albion fan contacted the charity to personally pledge a significant further amount - meaning the team can now concentrate on the tournament and the small matter of representing Albion in European competition.

The squad will leave for Denmark later this week after qualifying for powerchair football’s equivalent of the Champions League.

There they will compete against the likes of Aarhus Rolling Devils, Grafteaux, DCU Storm, and Ballerup Skovlunde for the EPFA Champions Cup trophy.

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But although the quality of opposition is certain to be high, Albion captain Matt Francis is confident the squad can make a significant impact on the tournament.

The team finished fifth in the top division in England last season and have begun the new season in fine form.

Francis, who is a regular in the England squad and is odds on to represent his country at the next World Cup, is clear that Albion are not going to Denmark to make up the numbers.

He said, “Qualifying for the Champions Cup has been an ambition of ours since we got promoted to the Premiership four years ago.

“It is amazing that this opportunity has become available to us. The team and I cannot wait to get the campaign started and show Europe's best what Brighton and Hove Albion powerchair team has to offer.”

Anyone who would like to contribute directly to the cost of the trip can still do so by emailing: fundraising@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.

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