England cerebral palsy football team GP appeals for players

A GP and team doctor for the England cerebral palsy football team is trying to raise awareness and help the team attract new players ahead of the London 2012 Paralympics.

Dr Richard Weiler (second from right) is looking for players for the England cerebral palsy football team
Dr Richard Weiler (second from right) is looking for players for the England cerebral palsy football team

Dr Richard Weiler, who is also a specialist registrar in sports and exercise medicine, said: ‘Not many people know the sport exists and the health benefits of encouraging exercise in this group, not to mention the peer group support.

‘GPs are fundamental as they will be involved in care for many patients with cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury and may consider mentioning the sport if they were aware of it being appropriate.'

The team won two gold medals last year: at the Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia, and the Home Nations championships. The players even received a letter of congratulations from Gordon Brown.

Some footballers are now eligible to play cerebral palsy football following head trauma, stroke and meningitis.

If you have any patients for whom this type of physical activity may be of interest, please contact jeff.davis@TheFA.com

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