CP LEAGUE KICKS OFF

The Chelsea Foundation's Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence hosted a round of fixtures in the FA National Cerebral Palsy Football League for the first time in March.

The Centre of Excellence has continued to grow since it was set up at the Matthew Arnold Sport Centre in Staines and this season it has taken on the responsibility of running the regional side for the entire South-East region.

The excellent relationship between the Chelsea Foundation and the Matthew Arnold Sport Centre means it has already been confirmed as the home of the programme for 2012/13, having helped make it a big success in it's first year.

The day of matches saw adult and Under-16 teams from the Chelsea-run South-East competing against those from the South-West, East and London in the Southern Conference, with a total of 84 players taking part.

'We are delighted to see our steady progress throughout the season culminate in us hosting the final set of league fixtures,' said Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence director Rob Seale.

'Our players and staff have shown great togetherness and have all played a part in transforming our centre from absolutely nothing to where it is today. We should all be very proud of what we have achieved.'

The day also saw some of the players from Chelsea's Centre of Excellence being recommended to the England scouts, where they would join several team-mates who missed the occasion due to international duty.

Those players have hopes of representing Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where officials from the Centre of Excellence will also be in action after impressing with their high standards.

Those fixtures concluded the 2011/12 FA National Cerebral Palsy Football League season but the teams will be competing against sides from around the country in the National Cerebral Palsy Cup later this month.

If you would like information on the Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence or any of the Chelsea Foundation's other disability football projects please contact Rob Seale by emailing rob.seale@chelseafc.com.