Cerebral Palsy Sport, in partnership with Suffolk Community Healthcare Paediatric Physiotherapy team, Abbeycroft Leisure and Suffolk FA, delivered a two hour CP Football KickStart session giving new players the opportunity to participate in local inclusive football as a first step into Frame Football or ambulant CP Football.
Taking place on Sunday 25th September at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, this initial event attracted 15 new players which included both ambulant and frame users.
“The benefits of physical activity and exercise to overall health are well known and for children with Cerebral Palsy, this means an improvement in levels of muscle strength, aerobic capacity, and muscle function. Unfortunately children with a disability are less likely to adopt physically healthy lifestyles than those without disabilities.
There is currently less availability of specialist clubs but the first KickStart Frame and disability CP Football session in Suffolk has given this group of children the opportunity to participate in our national sport which in turn has meant promoting inclusion, reducing deconditioning, optimising physical functioning, and enhancing overall well-being.
The joy, determination, happy shouts and sweat covered but glowing smiling faces where a pleasure to behold and I’m optimistic that many of the children will return for the planned weekly session and will continue reap the health benefits.” – Michael Bardell Paediatric Physiotherapist
Ian Evans Physical Activity Development Manager at Abbeycroft Leisure said “Abbeycroft Leisure provide sport and leisure services across West Suffolk; this partnership has provided an opportunity for young people living with disabilities to play sport amongst their peers. It has been such a positive and rewarding opportunity for Abbeycroft Leisure to be involved with and we look forward to the sessions growing from strength to strength in the time to come”.
Following on from the day, regular sessions will take place every Sunday at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre from 16th October 2016. Separate sessions will be delivered for Frame Football and ambulant CP Football to provide opportunities specific to the needs of the players involved.
If you would like to find out more information about these sessions, please click here to view the poster.