Eric Bailly helps launch Powerchair Team

Eric Bailly helps launch Powerchair Team

Manchester United Foundation has launched its first powerchair team and PFA member Eric Bailly was on hand to take part in the big occasion.

The Manchester United Powerchair Team forms part of the Foundation’s new disability programme, Inclusive Reds, which is supported by the Premier League and BT Fund and aims to provide equal sport and physical activity opportunities for all.  The club has developed a partnership with the pre-existing Sale United Powerchair Club, to form a second team to represent the Reds.


As part of the launch, Eric Bailly took on the challenge of joining the Foundation’s newly formed team for a training session. He quickly integrated into the session, and enthusiastically took control of a motorised wheelchair in order to compete with the young players.


Manchester United Foundation’s Disability and Inclusion officer, Alex Wilson, explained the importance of running a powerchair team for local young people and the impact of Bailly’s visit to the session.  “The kids just had massive smiles on their faces; for them to actually play with a Manchester United first-team player, on their level, is fantastic,” he said.


Alex continued, “It’s a massive opportunity for the Foundation to link with Sale United who are a grassroots powerchair club, but also for the disabled participants to be able to access an activity, with people similar to themselves, and have the chance to play the game they love, just in a different format.”