Spotlight: Cerebral Palsy and Frame Football at Little Victories in the Community
2022 has seen Cerebral Palsy and Frame football come to Lincolnshire for the first time – in Barton-upon-Humber by Little Victories in the Community and in Sleaford by Sleaford Town FC. Hear from some of the players and parents at Little Victories to see what they had to say about the sessions:
“My 3-year-old daughter attended her first football session with Little Victories. She had so much fun, and thoroughly enjoyed herself running around. Although her mobility isn't majorly effected by Cerebral Palsy, she struggles with concentration and understanding all the rules. The coaches were fantastic with Mia and just followed her lead in terms of what Mia was happy doing, and Mia even managed to score a few goals!”
As a parent to a disabled child, I think what Little Victories in the Community is doing is amazing. Children with Cerebral Palsy are still children, and deserve the same opportunities to play sports as neurotypical children, unfortunately there are very few options for children with Cerebral Palsy to get involved in sport. I wish Little Victories every success for the future.”
“As a 4-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, Franky had never seen someone like him before. So to be able to come to the Frame Football sessions is just incredible, he is able to see other children just like him and not feel like he is different. The sessions are so much fun, and I can see over the short space of time his confidence building. It fills my heart as Franky’s mum to be able to see him play and enjoy himself so freely. All of the coaches are doing an absolutely fantastic job and put smiles on all of the children’s faces, which is just beautiful. Every Saturday after the session when we are in the car travelling home Franky always tells us ‘that was so much fun’ and that is everything you want to hear as a parent.”
“My name is Freya and I am 12 years old. I have Cerebellar Ataxia and other complex needs. I walk with the aid of a ‘K’ walker and need a wheelchair for long distances. It has taken my mum years to fund a suitable activity for me as I was always ‘too young’ or ‘it wasn’t suitable’. By a stroke of luck my physio at the hospital rang my mum and told her about Sophie’s contact. The rest as the say, is history! I now train with Little Victories at Barton.
I have gained confidence, made new friends, found an activity I can do and love. I’ve learnt to socialise better and met more people like myself and feel included. I’m determined to do the best I can and enjoy life!
Give it a go is my advice. I cried my first session but haven’t looked back since, and I love how friendly, supportive and encouraging the coaches are!”
CP and Frame Football is a fantastic opportunity for children with Cerebral Palsy to stay fit, make friends and have fun! Click here to get involved now!