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Tuesday 28 May 2019
WATCH | Northern Ireland Powerchair team return home after securing World Cup place

The World Cup bound Northern Ireland Powerchair team arrived home to a stirring rendition of Sweet Caroline and as a rapturous welcome from friends and family at George Best Belfast City Airport last night.

The team has qualified for the 2021 Federation Internationale de Powerchair Football World Cup in Australia thanks to a play-off win over Finland in Sunday’s nail-biting play-off win over hosts Finland at the European Powerchair Football Association (EPFA) Nations Cup.

The support that we’ve had from people at home and the association has been amazing and we couldn’t have done it without everybody’s support

Speaking as the squad arrived back in Northern Ireland last night player Jason Browning said: “We’ve been training really hard. We’ve been practising and trying to refine our skills to make sure that we can compete at the highest level. 

“The support that we’ve had from people at home and the association has been amazing and we couldn’t have done it without everybody’s support. I just want to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone.”

And delighted coach Michael Hilland added: “At the end of the Finland game the emotion was just unreal. The boys had achieved their dream to get to 2021 and to the World Cup finals in Sydney, Australia.”

Click on the image above to watch the Northern Ireland’s Powerchair squad’s arrival home in Belfast. 

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