Ocean City Powerchair Football Club in Plymouth, raised £5,010 with Crowdfunder. Read our interview with Ocean City Chairperson and head coach Helen Phelps-Starbuck, to find out about their inspiring project.
Tell us about your project in five words…
Powerchair disability football achieve goals
Why did you want to crowdfund?
To raise awareness of the club and sport. To raise funds for a new sports powerchair to be able to provide the sport to our members without them needing to share chairs.
How has crowdfunding helped you?
It has raised our profile and raised funds for a new powerchair
How are you encouraging pledges?
We used Facebook and Twitter to encourage people to pledge and we emailed all of our contacts to spread the word.
Will your project create jobs?
No, but it will allow us to offer the sport to more people with physical disabilities.
How will the project improve the lives of people?
It will allow players to attend training and socialise with others in a similar situation to themselves. We can offer them the chance to play regionally and be a part of a league.
Has crowdfunding helped your project access other funds, through match funding etc?
Yes. Plutus PowerGen pledged £1,000, Devon FA £500 and Plymouth City Council £2,000.
Where do you want to be in five years?
I would like Ocean City Powerchair Football Club to be a charity and have satellite clubs across Devon and Cornwall. To grow in coaches and refs, have a team in a national league and have double the amount of powerchairs.