Please welcome Glenn May and the players of the Surrey Cerebral Palsy football team who are now part of the Wandgas Football for All initiative and train on a Saturday evening 7-9 pm. Please see the introduction from Glenn below:-
“I first started coaching football with Sutton Eagles, a local club set up to cater for children, who struggled to be included in mainstream sports both at school and outside due to their disabilities. My son joined the club whilst at junior school and as a previous football-playing father and enthusiastic supporter of the club, Sutton Eagles asked me if I would undertake my first coaching badge with them to help as a volunteer coach, which I happily did.
As my son grew in strength, skill and confidence, he moved first to Fulham Foundation, and then Chelsea Foundation. Whilst supporting him as a parent at Chelsea, I was again asked if I would join the staff as a volunteer disability coach, a role which I occupied for around 8 years, often managing and coaching teams of all ages in Surrey FA’s Football For All events at Walton. Eventually, I took over the running of the Chelsea cerebral palsy squad, which played in the CP National League (South). The success of the squad led to more players arriving, and 2 squads were needed to cater for the number of players now present.
After leaving Chelsea, some players asked me if I would be setting up a new CP team. After some thought, I decided to give it a go and approached Dennis at Wandgas. The response I received from Dennis was highly encouraging and after further discussions, a new adult CP club has come about, Surrey CP FC in association with Wandgas.
The club will be run with the aim of providing enjoyable, affordable and competitive football for ambulant players with cerebral palsy, with the intention of building a squad capable of competing in the CP National League in the future, and we are fortunate to already have players at international level. We also have another previous Chelsea and Watford disability coach on board, who is excited to be involved with the project and who will be a great asset.
It is hoped that this new football club will further benefit the players from its association with Wandgas, by giving them opportunities to expand their social boundaries through the use of the clubhouse and activities throughout the year”.
Contact Glenn May for further details – MOB: 07830 329 739
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