It was with a great sense of pride that last month we celebrated the seventh anniversary of the Parker Building Supplies’ sponsored Julie Hodder Power Chair Football Tournament with victory for the Brighton and Hove Albion Power Chair Team.
PARKER BUILDING SUPPLIES SPONSOR JULIE HODDER CUP 2017
The event was, however, tinged with sadness as it also marked the passing from cancer seven years ago of Julie Hodder, the teacher at Chailey Heritage School who gave her name to the event. It was as a result of a chance meeting with Jadey Yesilada, one of Julie’s pupils at Chailey, that the Julie Hodder Cup was formed.
22-year-old Cerebral Palsy sufferer Jadey Yesilda (right) has not allowed his disability to inhibit him. He recently completed an 18 month coaching apprenticeship with AITC and it was in respect of the opportunities they have given him that he chose to raise funds to assist their excellent work.
PICTURED ABOVE: Jadey Yesilada has a dream: to give other disabled people the chance that he was given by Albion in the Community.
AITC’s award winning disability programme was established in 1997 and is one of the most diverse football and sport disability schemes in the country. In 2013 they became the largest provider of disability sport in Sussex giving over 2,000 people the chance to access and take part in both fun and competitive sport.
To read Jadey’s story in his own words and to make a donation to his cause to make a difference to the lives of even more people across Sussex CLICK HERE. Please show your support!
7-UP FOR BHAFC TEAM
The Brighton & Hove Albion Power Chair Team have progressed from humble beginnings. At the first JHC in 2011, Albion in the Community only had a couple of power chairs (and had to borrow the others), the team hadn’t played a competitive match nor played in a league.
Now, seven years on, the AITC run two teams, one in the regional league and one playing in the UK Premiership, who last season finished third. They also played in the European Champions League in Denmark and last month skipper Matt Francis represented his country in the England No.10 shirt at the World Cup Finals in Florida.
Jamie Pierce, Parkers’ Marketing & Communications Manager said “As well as raising money for our partner charity Teenage Cancer Trust we also help charities throughout the South East and with our connection to Brighton & Hove Albion, AITC is a charity we have supported for number of years. It is great to see the Julie Hodder Cup get bigger and bigger every year and we were keen to follow Matt and the rest of the England team in the World Cup Finals in July”.
Other teams from Chailey Heritage School, American Express, and local businesses, plus the BHA All Stars take part each year in a league based tournament and every year the BHAPC FC have won the cup.
Steve Darby (Tournament Organiser) said “To see how the BHAPC team has flourished to become a force to be reckoned with both nationally and in Europe, shows the dedication of the players and coaches over the past seven years.”
Darby continued “Julie was a teacher at Chailey Heritage School and knew how hard it is to shine through diversity, I know she would be so proud to be remembered in such a positive way. This would not be possible if not for the fantastic support we receive year on year from our sponsors, thank you to all at Parkers.”