The ‘proud father’ founded the Bristol Cerebral Palsy Football Club for his son and now has a full squad

A soccer club offers young people with cerebral palsy the same opportunity to compete on equal terms. After launching just two years ago with a group of seven football-mad youngsters, Bristol City Cerebral Palsy Football Club’s numbers have skyrocketed to over 30, with players from across the South West.

According to the FA, more than 14 million people in England take part in grassroots football each year, making football the most popular team sport in England for children and adults. It may be a fertile breeding ground for launching top flight players of the future, but for most who step onto the pitch, taking part in the beautiful game is more about the positive boost it can give players on a mental level. , physical and mental. Social welfare.

BCCP FC was founded by Bob and Sue Young, with modest expectations, after years of trying to help their son Casey. Bob said: “When Casey was a little boy, he joined a youth soccer team, and I was a very proud father and I would stand there looking at him but never go near the ball. I tried to find something that would suit him with cerebral palsy, but there was nothing local.

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“So I decided to start the club with Bristol City on my own to make sure Casey had someone to look forward to in the future.” The team’s growing popularity came naturally, with Bob adding: field of dreams; ‘If you build it, they will come.’

The team has grown to include an older and younger squad and is open to players of all genders and abilities, whether they have played football before or not. Casey, now 16, is not only part of the club’s senior team but, along with two of his teammates, she has taken an FA level one coaching course and helps coach the juniors. 12 years old.

Bob says that he hopes the team will eventually grow and become self-sufficient. He said: “We’re not just creating footballers, who come and go, we’re creating people who really go out into the community and share their experience and hopefully carry on with Bristol City.”


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