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Cerebral Palsy Football
my name is Joe, I'm 27, I have quadriplegia and Dyspraxia and I live in York.
I just wanted to post a discussion about cerebral palsy football and see if there would be anyone with an interest in this?
I play football for the North East and Yorkshire regional cerebral palsy football team which is based in York, our team plays in the regional 7 a side cerebral palsy football league, during the season we compete against other regional centres, which are based in Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham, we also have an annual cup competition at the National sports centre (St George's park) where we compete against the previous mentioned teams and teams from the south, Chelsea, London, Plymouth and East.
the league matches are 15 minutes each way (30 minute games), with roll on and roll off substitutions. all 4 teams meet up with each other 4 times during the season, with each team hosting it's own fixture throughout the year, the hosting team hosts 3 games which are all played on the same day and each team play each other once on the day of the meeting, this happens 4 times during the season, the Northern league games are hosted at York, Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham. League games take place the last sunday of each month in October/ November, February & March
The cup matches are 1 half of 15 minutes (hosted annually at St Georges park) Usually hosted in the middle of May.
Our team has a junior (under16's) squad and a senior (over 16's) squad.
we train on a fortnightly basis on a Saturday morning between 10am and 12pm at York sports village.
our players travel from all over the North East and from Yorkshire to train and compete for/with the team.
A number of our players with varying impairments have competed for the England cerebral palsy Development squad, England international Cerebral palsy senior team, one of our players has competed for the Scottish international Cerebral palsy senior team, one of our players has also been selected to represent team GB's cerebral palsy 7 a side football team at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
over the past 5 years the North East and Yorkshire regional team have been crowned Regional national champions and we have also made one appearance in the semi final of the national cup and one appearance in the final of the national cup.
there are a number of classifications/conditions within the game of Cerebral palsy football which make a player eligible to compete, these are as follows.
Eligible impairment types:
Athletes competing in Football 7-a-side have ataxia, hypertonia or athetosis - three impairment types that are most commonly associated with individuals with cerebral palsy and/or traumatic brain injury. They have a neurological impairment, with a motor control impairment of a cerebral nature, causing a permanent and verifiable activity limitation.
Acquired brain injuries
Type of Cerebral palsy and Classification
Classification numbers for competition and how players are graded
In this sport class, athletes have hypertonia in both lower limbs and to some degree in both upper limbs. The players have difficulties when running, turning and stopping because of an activity limitation in the lower limbs.
Athletes are affected by co-ordination and balance difficulties in all four limbs and trunk due to ataxia or athetosis. FT6 players typically have difficulties in dribbling the ball when running, accelerating and stopping.
This sport class is designated to hemiplegic players, meaning that only one side of their body is affected, causing the players to walk and run with a limp. The player has limited knee pick up when sprinting and also has an asymmetrical stride length. The player has difficulty pivoting and balancing on the impaired side and therefore often pivots on the unaffected side and may kick with the affected foot.
This sport class describes the minimum impairment eligible for football 7-a-side. These are athletes with minor degrees of activity limitation from any of the above classes. Therefore, you may not see the impact of the impairment when watching the athlete run or control the ball. However, involuntary muscle contractions and hesitation before explosive movements do constitute activity limitations in comparison to able-bodied players.
C5's- Diaplegic- players only effected in their lower limbs (both legs)
C6's- Quadriplegic- players are effected in all 4 limbs (legs and arms)
C7's-Hemiplegia- Players are effected down 1 side of their body only
C8's- minimal- C8s are minimally impaired and have higher levels of mobility when compared to the other classifications.
Sport Technical Rules
In order to ensure a fair game between two teams, each team (seven players) has to have one FT5 or FT6 player on the field at all times and is not allowed to have more than one FT8 players on the field.
please find below links to the Paralympic website, where you will be able to watch team GB's 7 aside football team play against the likes of Ukraine, Brazil and Ireland.
There are coaching opportunities available with the regional team and The North East and Yorkshire are also on the look out for additional players to train and compete for our team, so if anyone feels that they would have an interest in this, or if you know of anyone who you feel may have an interest in this, please let me know and I would be more than happy to discuss this further with anyone who is interested, if anyone would like any further information or just a general chat, I'm happy to chat on here or please feel free to email me, my email address is [email protected]
Thanks for reading