Children with Cerebral Palsy can get active with Coventry event this half term - The Coventry Observer

Children with Cerebral Palsy can get active with Coventry event this half term

Coventry Editorial 10th Feb, 2024   0

COVENTRY University is hosting its second football ‘living lab’ event to give children with Cerebral Palsy the chance to get active this half term.

The event is set to take place at Coventry University Sports Centre Alison Gingell building between Monday, February 12 and Friday, February 16.

It will offer a free and inclusive opportunity for children aged five to eleven.

Following the success of last summer’s event, which garnered support from CP Sport and Ambleside JFC, the upcoming camp promises to be an even bigger affair, doubling the number of participating children.

Children not only engage in the camp but also take on the role of scientists, gaining insights into how they contribute to ongoing research efforts.

Ryan Kimberley, Disability Football Development Officer at the Birmingham County Football Association said: “When hearing about the Cerebral Palsy football event, it sounded amazing and was something the County FA was interested in being a part of.

“Events like this one, that Ambleside JFC and Coventry University are hosting, have such positive impact for children with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities and we will look to support the event by sourcing key resources like equipment or potential funding pots to provide additional support to the event as well as utilising our social media platforms to raise awareness and increase promotion within the regions we cover.”

Michael Duncan, Centre Director for Coventry University’s Centre for Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise Sciences, emphasised the unique circumstances of children with Cerebral Palsy, highlighting the need for tailored approaches to promote active lifestyles.

He added: “With this Living Lab, we are engineering a situation for children who are living with Cerebral Palsy because they have a different set of circumstances to typically developing children. Participants will include some children who can only walk with a frame and others who have callipers on their legs to help them to walk.”

Email: [email protected] to register for the event.

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