The Chelsea Foundation hosted Cerebral Palsy fixtures recently at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre as part of the CP Centre of Excellence Southern Conference.
Lyndon Lynch, England and Team GB's CP Football head coach, made an appearance to see the talent on display in both senior and under-16s teams. The Chelsea Foundation had representatives from all over the south east of England playing in both sides as part of the FA's CP Centre of Excellence programme.
Despite the cold and wet weather, there was plenty of entertaining football to watch as the Chelsea Foundation's south-east senior team beat the east of England 5-2. A Sean Millership hat-trick added to goals from Reuben Atkinson and Jake Farrant to seal the win in a passionate game full of enthusiasm. The under-16s also put in a good performance in the difficult conditions and showed real promise as a side.
'Our staff and players can be very proud of what they have achieved in hosting such an event,' said Football+ development officer Rob Seale. 'A great amount of hard work went on behind the scenes which ensured the day ran perfectly, and everyone went home with big smiles on faces.'
The fixtures were organised to encourage more players with Cerebral Palsy to play football. The Chelsea Foundation has teams from grassroots level and a player development centre which feeds into the CP Centre of Excellence, which specialises in providing coaching for players with exceptional ability.
The games were also good practice ahead of the teams' trip to St George's Park on Saturday 27 April, when they will compete in the National CP Cup.
'The day was a fantastic success,' said Centre of Excellence manager Pam Chandler. 'A large crowd of family and friends came along to show their support and enjoyed a great day of football. There was a wonderful atmosphere of camaraderie and sportsmanship.'