Gamewagon Sponsors Special Effect and Frome FC FIFA Tournament
The event will be in aid of Special Effect, and it coincides with their GAMEBLAST 15 event. Special Effect is a charity who put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with a physical disability by helping them to play video games by using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control. In turn this helps brings families and friends together and has a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.
Tom, 25 and from Frome, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy that has left him with little movement, and he has been one of the lucky recipients from the Special Effect charity meaning he has been able to once again play computer games and in particular a love of FIFA15 by EA Sports.
As well as gaming Tom also has a passion for Frome Town Football Club and is seen regular at home and away games so he decided to bring two passions together:
“I had this idea of a gaming event but wasn’t sure really where to go with it so I contacted Ian Pearce whose the Managing Director of Frome Town to see if they had any thoughts and I was delighted when they offered the use of their facilities for no cost and also agreed to help in the organisation of the event. Since then things have really taken off and we have the backing of Special Effect and they are also using their contacts with the likes of EA Sports to really help make this take off”.
The event will be open to just 64 entrants who will each have to raise a minimum of £20 sponsorship to enter and it will be held on Sunday 22nd February 2015 from 10am and will see qualifying rounds leading up to knock out stages and the grand final on the clubs large 13ft screen.
Tom went on to say: “We were looking for sponsors for the event and donation of prizes for winners. John Lilley of Gamewagon was on the phone in a shot to help out and are now our lead sponsor. Gamewagon is helping provide the XBOX 360’s and screens. This is a sensational effort.”
John Lilley said:
“We are huge supporters of what Special Effect does and stands for. They bring families together and create magic moments that many thought would not be possible. Many families take playing games together for granted. We see that SpecialEffect shares our vision to make gaming better by bringing people together.”
Hosting the event was an easy decision for Frome Town said Ian: “I’ve known Tom for many years and as soon as he came to me with the idea I knew we had to get involved, it’s a great charity and one that we want to help Tom with as much as we can to help his dream of this event becoming a reality”.
For more information on the event you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or to find out about Special Effect and the amazing work they do you can visit their website www.specialeffect.org.uk.