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New football events planned for those with cerebral palsy

PUBLISHED: 13:42 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:42 04 September 2014

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Events in Chelmsford and Hornchurch in September

Lyndon LynchLyndon Lynch

Children and adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP) can enjoy football at events in Chelmsford and Hornchurch in September, which aim to help players participate on a regular basis and ensure a pathway is in place for talented individuals to progress.

FA Eastern Region CP Centre of Excellence trials for 2014/15 have been arranged for footballers who have CP or neurological impairments, with the support of Disability4Sport.

A potential route into the England CP squad is available for those successful in either the under-16s (12-15 years) or adult (16+ years) categories on Saturday, September 20 from 9-10am at Melbourne Park in Salerno Way, Chelmsford.

Former England CP Manager Lyndon Lynch will oversee the Centre of Excellence, and those successful will benefit from excellent UEFA B coaching, physios, weekly training, fixtures and educational sport science elements.

Names can be put forward for the trials through Abigail Saxton on 01206 619631 or via e-mail at abigail@disability4sport.co.uk.

Meanwhile, the CP Football ‘Kickstart’ programme has been introduced to develop new areas of sustainable CP-specific football across the country. The longer-term aim of Kickstart, supported by The FA, is to put together a project which will see regular CP sessions in local areas, working with County FAs, Wheelpower, HemiHelp, Hemichat, Football League clubs, FA Charter Standard clubs and local charities and authorities.

A local Kickstart event is taking place in partnership with Romford Borough Youth FC on Saturday, September 13 from 11am-2pm. Emerson Park Academy in Wych Elm Road, Hornchurch will host the event and children aged 5-18 of all abilities are welcome to the free event.

Booking forms (available at essexfa.com) are required by Friday, September 5 via e-mail at sam.turner@cpsport.org.

■ Further details on disability football, or ‘Soccability’, can be found at essexfa.com. Information is also shared on Twitter @EssexCountyFA and on Facebook by searching for ‘EssexFootball’.

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