Football 7 a Side – #ScotsOnParaGB
In the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Scottish Disability Sport is delighted to provide an overview of the sports that Scots are competing in as part of ParalympicsGB. In the eighth of the series of sports, we highlight Football 7 a Side and Paralympians Martin Hickman, Jonathan Paterson and David Porcher.
Perhaps the world’s best loved sport, football is played by millions across the globe, whether just in the local park or a national stadium. Football is a team sport that offers excellent opportunities for people with a disability to enjoy physical exercise, social interaction and develop individual skills within a safe and exciting environment.
Cerebral palsy football 7 a side was introduced at the 1984 New York Paralympic Games and Great Britain entered teams for the first time in Beijing 2008 in both events.
Scotland has a strong tradition of players being selected for the ParalympicsGB football 7 a side team at the Summer Paralympic Games. Four Scots competed in London in 2012 and Martin Hickman, Jonathan Paterson and David Porcher have been selected for Rio 2016.
- Martin Hickman (CP7)
Martin has represented Scotland on the international stage for nearly four years, and he is now set to make his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016. He has been top goal scorer for the Scotland Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or Acquired Brain Injury squad in two of their last three international competitions.
- Jonathan Paterson (CP7)
Jonathan made his Paralympic debut in Beijing in 2008 and captained the GB team to a 7th place finish at London 2012. Jonathan was first selected for the Scotland Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or Acquired Brain Injury squad at the 2006 European Championships in Dublin and has captained the Scottish team at subsequent World and European Championships.
- David Porcher (CP7)
David Porcher is set to make his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016. An experienced footballer, David has represented Scotland U16s in non-disabled football, and also played for Hibernian FC in their U12 to U17 squads. He was part of the team who won the East of Scotland Shield at U17 level against Hearts two years in a row.
For a schedule of Football 7 a Side events please follow the link: www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/football-7-a-side
Scottish Disability Sport has produced a factsheet on football for people with a disability which can be downloaded here.
And a video fact file can be viewed here:
Please return tomorrow for all the information relating to the Paralympic Sport of cycling with Scotland’s Karen Darke, Hannah Dines and Neil Fachie MBE competing as part of the ParalympicsGB team.