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