POWERCHAIR footballers joined forced with South Ayrshire Council for a special event.

South Ayrshire Council's Learn 2.. sports initiative teamed up with South Ayrshire Tigers to run their first ever powerchair football festival.

The Tigers passed on tips and tricks to beginners keen to learn the new sport through the Council’s ‘Learn 2….’ programme which encourages people of all ages to try different sports for the first time.

Powerchair Football is a fast growing and exciting sport and the South Ayrshire Tigers who train at the Whitletts Activity Centre in Ayr, will soon join the Scottish League to compete at a national level.

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “There is growing interest in this sport and I know the Scottish Football Association (SFA) is already training powerchair football coaches. The ultimate aim is to take the sport to the next Paralympics which is a great incentive to anyone looking to get involved in the sport. The Tigers are a talented team, an inspiration and I wish them every success."

David McArdle National Development Manager at Scottish Disability Sport added: “South Ayrshire Tigers have come a long way in the last year, not only hosting this festival but having a full team and aiming to join the Scottish Powerchair Football League. It’s a great achievement, well done to everyone involved in South Ayrshire Tigers Powerchair Football Club."

South Ayrshire has at least two sports coaches about to receive the first ever powerchair football training from the SFA.

There are lots of ‘Learn 2….’ activities, to find out more, visit www.south-Ayrshire.gov.uk/leisure/learn2/