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Unique amputee football event supported by Portsmouth Enablement Centre

Portsmouth Enablement Centre is lent its support to an amputee football event, held at the end of January.

Pompey in the Community ran a special event in January at Park Community School, Havant.

Some of those taking part were current or past service users of PEC.

Mike Pink, Disability Development Co-ordinator for Pompey in the Community, said: “The idea for the day was to promote amputee football to give it a greater profile, and to encourage new players to give it a go.

“There were three teams competing against each other for their national league, a taster session for new people to give amputee football a go, and plenty of football-related activities that kept spectators entertained.”

Chantel Ostler, amputee specialist physiotherapist at PEC said: “We’re really looked forward to the event. It was a brilliant opportunity for us to work in partnership with Pompey in the Community.

“It also allowed us to promote sport and physical activity to our patients and to promote our own services to those who may benefit from them.

We had a stand at the event, along with Steepers, our orthotics providers, and we provided information to make sure everyone was aware of what we offer, and the fact that we are a lifelong support service for many.”

Portsmouth Enablement Centre, which is part of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, provides an artificial limb and orthotic service to thousands of adults and children across the South of England and is one of only 40 such centres across the UK.

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