The recently established Portsmouth Amputee Football team is featuring in the next phase of a national campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of disability sport.
The south coast team has starred in a video for to promote disability sports and the benefits for those involved. The video showcases the team’s skills and sits as part of a series including wheelchair rugby and powerchair football teams from the north east.
Irwin Mitchell helps people who have suffered serious injuries to access rehabilitation programmes to help them make progress in their recoveries so that they can live as independently as possible.
Experts at the law firm find that sport is often a good way to not only help with physical aspects of rehabilitation but can also help inspire people who find themselves coping with disabilities to get involved in new activities and learn to come to terms with their new situation.
There are 9.4m disabled people in the UK but only one in six takes part in sport regularly, and Irwin Mitchell hopes the campaign will also encourage more people to get involved*.
Irwin Mitchell began a partnership with the Portsmouth Amputee football team last year and has now also become the main sponsor for the English Amputee Football Association which currently has six teams competing across the country and is looking to grow.
Claire Howard, Head of Serious Injury at Irwin Mitchell’s Southampton office, said: “Amputee football is inspirational to watch regardless of whether you have a disability or not.
“The players are simply incredible and really embrace the attitude of Don’t Quit, Do It. We see on a daily basis the impact that sport can have in helping people with serious injuries with their rehabilitation and recovery and the Don’t Quit, Do It campaign is about encouraging people to get involved whether at grassroots or elite level and the response so far has been really positive.”
Portsmouth in the Community disability development coordinator Mike Pink who helps run the amputee football team said: “We are delighted to finally have a team in Portsmouth for amputees across the region to get involved. We’ve been working with Irwin Mitchell for months to put the team together and we are pleased to support the Don’t Quit, Do It campaign.
“Disability sport it so important to those involved and we think there are more people out there who could also benefit whether in a team sport like amputee football or as an individual in athletics or cycling. Technology has come a long way in helping people with disabilities to get involved in sports and we hope that the campaign will inspire people to challenge themselves.”
For more information on the campaign and videos visit http://www.irwinmitchell.com/personal/personal-injury-compensation/disability-sport