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Glenn Whelan joins John Delaney to celebrate inspirational powerchair stars

Ireland have been competing in the sport since 2003.

(Left to right) Sean Donogher (12), Glenn Whelan, of Stoke City, Luke Donogher (11), Thomas Donogher (13) and John Delaney, CEO of the FAI.
(Left to right) Sean Donogher (12), Glenn Whelan, of Stoke City, Luke Donogher (11), Thomas Donogher (13) and John Delaney, CEO of the FAI.
Image: MAXWELL'S DUBLIN.

IRELAND MIDFIELDER GLENN WHELAN joined FAI chief executive John Delaney at the Aviva Stadium this weekend to pay tribute to footballers than have not allowed adverse health to impose on their sporting ambitions.

Whelan was on hand to give out caps to several Irish players at the launch of the European Powerchair Football Nations Cup. The competition will take place at the University of Limerick’s arena from July 17-20.

POWERCHAIR SOCCER MX4 Kevin Gannon, from Bluebell, Dublin, with Glenn Whelan. Source: MAXWELL'S DUBLIN.

10 years ago powerchair football was introduced to Ireland by the charity Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. It is one of the fastest growing variations of soccer in the world. Muscular Dystrophy is a disease that affects and weakens an individual’s muscles.

Delaney commented, “Powerchair football has grown very strongly in recent years under the FAI’s Football For All programme. The Nations Cup in July is set to be a fantastic event that will showcase powerchair football on a domestic and international stage.”

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