On Saturday 17th September Cerebral Palsy United FC held a “Yes I can” themed Paralympics festival for foundation phase players at Partington sports village and invited in the following teams:
Chadderton Park CP, Stafford Town CP and Newtown CP (from Worcester) to come and join them for an afternoon of football and promote the NDSO and EFDS joint campaign Together We Will.
In total 41 children aged between 3-12, took part in an afternoon of small sided games and fun session to celebrate the Paralympic games together and to help with the continued growth of Cerebral Palsy football across the country.
CP Sport attended to show support for the clubs and also to announce their 4TH Young Ambassador Ben Meadows. Ben is a player at CP United as well as a young leader who supports the tots and foundation sessions.
“The afternoon was a great success on many levels, not only providing opportunities for children with cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury to play and develop, but also to see all the children socialise together afterwards with a big picnic. We were blessed with some Rio weather and this really helped to create a nice environment to celebrate the paralympics and build on its legacy. All the children have a “Yes I can” attitude and it was a pleasure to see such inspiring youngsters enjoying their football in the sunshine”.Michelle Wilcock, CP United coach
The Football 7 a-side event saw GB finish 5th and achieve their highest finish ever in a Paralympic games. “They had a really tough group being in with Brazil and Ukraine who were seeded number 1 and 2 in the world after Russia’s exclusion. Ukraine went on to win the Gold medal and Brazil got the Bronze, but GB pushed them all the way losing 2-1 in both games and were very unlucky not to get a result against both teams who are full time athletes.”
“I have had a great day, we all have…it’s great to play with my friends and with other children from other clubs. I have really enjoyed watching the Paralympics, not just the CP football matches but all the sports and I hope I can be a Paralympian one day and inspire more kids just like us”.George Shaw CP United u11 player
“ The support of clubs from around the country coming together to celebrate CP football was fantastic. There was a real strong community feel throughout the event and was clear to see that all players, parents and coaches had a fantastic time. “Lisa Morton-Smith Cerebral Palsy Sport
Cerebral Palsy United FC were formed off the back of the London 2012 Paralympics and have been running now for two years.
The first year the club had just two teams u16 and adults, but this past 12 months has seen an massive growth in the club and we now have 10 teams/age groups who train every week (some squads twice a week) and play in monthly fixture programs.
CP Sport supported CP united by running a KickStart football event at the club from this and the hard work of the clubs coaches here has been a big increase in numbers right across the club and working with players from age 3-to adults .
Currently they have:
- Tots sessions 3-5
- Foundation phase groups with the following age groups (u8, u9, u11, u12)
- Development phase groups with the following age groups (u14, u17, u21)
- Adult phase groups – two teams.
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Sam Turner, CP Sport National Football Development Officer
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