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CEREBRAL PALSY TEAM VISIT PARLIAMENT

Posted on 28 November 2007  - 12:00

One of our disability teams were welcomed in Parliament on Tuesday by Angela Watkinson MP for Upminster and special guests Boris Johnson MP and Shadow Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper.

One of our disability teams were welcomed in Parliament on Tuesday by Angela Watkinson MP for Upminster and special guests Boris Johnson MP and Shadow Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper.Emerson Park Cerebral Palsy Spurs FC are coached by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the team have achieved a number of honours since their establishment, including the FA South East Ability Counts Men's League Championship.

London Mayoral candidate Boris Johnson MP said: “It is fantastic to see clubs like Tottenham Hotspur using their imagination to form partnerships providing coaching and facilities such as those at Emerson Park.

“We don’t have good enough sports facilities in London and from meeting the young people with cerebral palsy today, I can see how determined they are to overcome the challenges they face and just go out there and play and enjoy their football.”

EPCP Spurs FC also boast a number of players who have represented England at Cerebral Palsy level, including Osei Quami and Nick Jackson, who recently travelled with the national team to the World Championships in Brazil, and who is in line to feature at the Paralympic Games in Beijing next summer.

Tony Millard, coach of EPCP Spurs FC, added: “The partnership with Tottenham Hotspur provides expert coaching and support and gives disability football much more credibility because for our footballers it is a serious business.

“They are so disadvantaged playing against people without disabilities, but in a cerebral palsy team their real talent can shine through as we’ve seen with a couple of our eighteen year olds who have represented the England team.”