A number of donations are powering the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club Power Chair Team

Federal Batteries has thrown significant support behind the players of the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club Power Chair Team, giving them the power to keep playing.
Powerchair football is a modified version of football (soccer) for electric wheelchair users and is played in over 30 countries. Foot guards fitted to the modified chairs are used to knock the ball to teammates and the goal.
Twenty batteries, enough to power ten chairs for the team, have been donated by Federal Batteries.
“It was more than a donation; it was to facilitate the happiness and value that this game brings to the players, their carers and support teams,” Federal Batteries Regional Manager, John Collyer, Regional Manager, said.
Federal Batteries also supplied four fast chargers to keep the team playing during tournaments.
“This is more than sport for the participants, this is their social life and opportunity to compete and participate in a team environment. It was great to see everyone getting out there, men, women and children competing and enjoying the game,” John said.
The batteries were supplied just in time to help the club prepare for and compete in the week-long Australian Power Chair Football National Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park in late April.
John said he hoped the donation was the beginning of a continuing partnership with the club.
“We wanted to make a substantial difference. Federal Batteries’ focus is about providing the best power solutions for work, life and play – so this is a great fit for us,” John said.
WSW FC Power Chair midfielder, Ben Keyte, said the yellow-tops Optima batteries were supplied to the whole squad.
“Thanks to Federal for supplying these batteries, which is a massive financial cost, plus several fast chargers. As it is essential between the matches, we charge our chairs and be back to 100 percent power before kick-off,” Ben said.
“It (the batteries donation) takes the financial burden off the players and families. Normally it takes a set of batteries in these sports chairs, costing roughly $700 to $800, so it can be quite expensive.
“All these extra expenses of having a child or person with a disability that they’re supporting, so to have Federal Batteries come in and take that financial load off us and help us and the club is amazing, and we really appreciate it.”
Federal Batteries has been servicing automotive, commercial, and industrial customers across the nation for over 30 years.
It provides energy and storage solutions for a wide range of applications including automotive, marine, caravan and RV, truck and heavy transport, electric vehicles, and personal mobility devices.
Federal Batteries is part of BAPCOR Limited, which says it is Australasia’s leading provider of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, automotive equipment, and services.

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