Irwin Mitchell Has Sponsored Cerebral Palsy United FC
A football club founded for those with cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury has received a funding boost after it announced a donation from national law firm Irwin Mitchell.
Cerebral Palsy United FC, based in the North West, was formed to provide opportunities for participants in an inclusive environment. The club, which is a registered charity, provides coaching for youngsters who are three and above, all the way through to its adult teams.
The club has now been given a boost after it received a £1,000 donation from Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office. The funds will go towards supporting the club’s vast activities.
The donation marks a continuation of the law firm’s support for disability sport, as part of its ongoing Don’t Quit, Do It initiative, which aims to highlight the benefits of disability sport and provide support to emerging talent in a range of disciplines. The campaign is backed by multiple gold medal-winning Paralympian Hannah Cockroft MBE.
Expert Opinion“We are delighted to work with Cerebral Palsy United FC and help support the fantastic work they do across the North West.
We at Irwin Mitchell regularly see the positive impact sport can have on someone’s life and our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign has given us a great opportunity to lend a hand to some of the top young sporting talents across the UK.
Cerebral Palsy United Football Club is a great example of how sport can transform a person’s life, and we look forward to supporting all the different age groups in their forthcoming fixtures.”
Sharon Williams - Senior Associate Solicitor
The club opens its doors to anyone who has cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury and wants to play football. The training sessions are run by FA and UEFA qualified coaches, including its goalkeeper training, and the sessions are specifically designed for players with cerebral palsy.
Michelle Wilcock, lead coach at Cerebral Palsy United FC, said: “We are thankful to Irwin Mitchell for its kind donation to the club. The firm has a reputation for supporting disability sport and it’s great to have them on board.
“At CP United we aim to provide opportunities for all those who want to get involved, regardless of age, ability, experience, gender, mobility or CP classification.
“Our long term aim is to support players and help them to become the best they can be both on and off the pitch, and we are always looking for new recruits.
“Whether you play within the National CP Talent program, local grassroots football, play within a PAN disability team, play at school or don’t play at all, please come along and enjoy your football in a positive learning environment.”
The club regularly holds training sessions across the region for its various groups. These are the tots group for ages 3-5; foundation group, for ages 6-11; the development group, for ages 12-16; and the advanced group for ages 8-16.
One hour sessions are on Saturdays, 1pm, at Partington Sports Village in Manchester, and Mondays, 6pm, at Liverpool Soccer Centre and St George’s School, Blackpool.
Sessions also take place at Cheshire County FA Football Centre in Northwich between from 5pm on a Tuesday, and from 5pm on Wednesdays at Kendal Leisure Centre.
The adults team, for those 16 and over, hold sessions from 10am to 11:30am, at Partington Sports Village on Saturdays.
In addition to these sessions, the club also hold sessions across the region and these are publicised on its website.
Anyone who is interested in taking part at a training session should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, or visit the Cerebral Palsy United FC website.