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Play for Scotland’s Cerebral Palsy team

Thursday, 15 December 2016


Scotland’s Cerebral Palsy National Team are a side on the up, ranked ninth in the world, having only started in 2005 and are looking to recruit players for the Cerebral Palsy World Championships in Argentina.

If you know players who have cerebral palsy, stroke, an acquired brain injury, hypertonica, ataxia, athetosis, diplegia or hemiplegia, please contact david.mcardle@scottishfa.co.uk for the chance to represent Scotland on the international stage.

Scotland have been to the World Championships on four occasions and currently possess three Paralympians who were involved in Rio 2016.

They have been on form in recent times; recording wins over Spain, Australia, Northern Ireland and Venezuela.

Cerebral palsy football itself was created in Scotland and has a few modifications to the normal 11-a-side game.

There are seven players per team, played on a smaller pitch with smaller goalposts, no offside rule and throw-ins can be made by rolling the ball into play.

On the field of play the teams consist of seven ambulant athletes, with cerebral palsy or a traumatic brain injury, ranging from classes five to eight.

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Head coach David McArdle said: “The squad have made great strides over the last 12 months and qualification for the World Championship allowed us to continue to push the sport forward.

“The reason for the success is the squad have managed to recruit a number of new players over 2016 which has elevated the group to achieve the results which saw an 11 match winning streak.

“Many of these players have mild forms of the conditions and did not realise their ability to compete for their country on the world stage.

“The players will begin training for Argentina World Championships in January with a series of training days and Residential Camps to ensure the squad are prepared for the challenge ahead.

As always we are looking to introduce new players which will help improve the squad.”


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