RICHMOND, VA – (Thursday, September 10, 2020) – Sportable, Central Virginia’s premier adaptive sports club, is proud to partner with FutsalRVA and Own Touch Central to host the first-ever CP Soccer Clinic in RVA on Sunday, October 11, 1:00-4:00 pm at SCOR. Registration is available now at Sportable.org.
Designed exclusively for youth ages 5-high school with ambulatory cerebral palsy, stroke, hemiplegia, or traumatic brain injury, the CP Soccer Clinic will focus on introducing skills, socially-distanced drills, small-sided activities, and most importantly, fun. To qualify, players must have a diagnosis which affects motor coordination, yet still enables them to run and kick a ball without an assistive device.
“We are thrilled to partner with prestigious soccer organizations like FutsalRVA, Own Touch Central, and CP Soccer to host a one-of-a-kind opportunity for kids with ambulatory cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, stroke, or traumatic brain injury,“ commented Sportable Executive Director, Hunter Leemon. “As the region’s leader in adaptive sports, we are always searching for ways to offer exciting new programs for individuals with physical disabilities, and we are eager to get out onto the soccer pitch next month.“
The unique opportunity is open to players of all levels, no previous experience necessary, who will be led by expert coaches, including former U.S. Paralympic National Team player, Nick Creasey, and USSF A Licensed Soccer Director, Joe Farrell.
“I am extremely excited and proud to be part of this wonderful program,“ said Farrell. “FutsalRVA, Own Touch and Sportable share the same core values and truly care about providing opportunities for our children. With our combined knowledge and resources, this should be a fantastic program for those players looking for a home in RVA and beyond.”
“Birds of a feather flock together,“ added Ashley Hammond, Founder and Director of CP Soccer US. “In this case, organizations with common goals and visionary mission statements have found a way to work together for the betterment of all. The partnership of Sportable and CP Soccer US will bring a wonderful opportunity to the players in the greater Richmond area that to date, likely have not found players with matching wings. A vibrant soccer town like Richmond is the perfect place for the addition of another specific, ambulatory, CP program. For any interested players, it’s ok to be nervous and have butterflies in your stomach – one session with Sportable and CP Soccer US, and you will have them all flying in formation.”
The goal of the CP Soccer Clinic will be to introduce youth in Richmond to the benefits of playing soccer, while decreasing social isolation and learning new skills in a socially-distanced, small-group setting. Sportable, FutsalRVA, Own Touch Central and community partners will provide qualified volunteers to assist with the program, while maintaining COVID-19 safety protocols.
“Starting up CP Soccer in RVA is like a dream come true,“ said Nick Creasey, former U.S. Paralympic National Team player. “I never expected that I would be a creator, but when Forrest Lodge from Sportable put this bug in my ear last winter and I got connected with Joe Farrell during his recovery, I felt that I needed to take action. After introducing Joe and Forrest, our dreams became one and we are ecstatic to bring the first-ever CP Soccer program in Virginia to kids affected by cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and stroke.“
“Of course we would love to develop future U.S. Paralympic National Team players to reach the level that I was fortunate enough to experience, but in reality we want to provide a grassroots sport that any ambulatory kid with CP, TBI, or Stroke can compete at various levels and develop a love for the game,“ Creasey continued. “I wouldn’t be half the athlete I am today without soccer, and I am proud to bring the sport that I have loved my entire life to more kids with similar life circumstances.”
To learn more about the CP Soccer Clinic on October 11, visit Sportable.org, or contact Forrest Lodge, Sportable Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, Sportable celebrates 15 years of creating opportunities and transforming lives through sport for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. The non-profit organization provides sporting opportunities to more than 400 athletes of all ages by offering competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs year-round. By fostering a fun, inclusive, competitive, and accessible environment, Sportable transforms the lives of athletes and frees them to see beyond their disabilities, enhances their peer relationships and helps them to reach their personal finish line. To learn more, visit Sportable.org.
About CP Soccer
CP Soccer’s mission is to build a nationwide soccer league for kids who are affected by cerebral palsy, stroke or traumatic brain injury. Currently, there is a clear path in the US for able-bodied kids to play soccer throughout their youth and up to the highest levels, culminating in the Olympics. For people with developmental disabilities, there are paths to the Special Olympics. Para-7-A-Side Soccer is the highest level of play for people with physical disabilities, who are otherwise developmentally able. To qualify for Para-7-A-Side Soccer, players must have some sort of brain injury – cerebral palsy, stroke or traumatic brain injury. While there are national feeder systems for Olympic Soccer and Special Olympic Soccer, there has been no national program for kids who would qualify for the Para-7-A-Side, until now. Learn more at cpsoccer.us.
Since its beginning in 2007, FutsalRVA, founded by Greg Simmonds and Joe Farrell, has been one of the largest and progressive youth futsal organizations in the United States. In 2019, the FutsalRVA Winter league had over 210 teams with over 2000 players participating, making it one of the largest youth futsal leagues in the country. FutsalRVA specializes in the promotion and education of the sport of Futsal through training programs and the organization of leagues and tournaments at a time when the game is starting to gain recognition as important to the development of the soccer player in the United States. FutsalRVA is an inclusive community, accessible to all, bonded by the love of the game. For futsal fans everywhere. Learn more at FutsalRVA.com.
About Own Touch Central
The mission at Own Touch is to create an atmosphere where soccer players are transformed into technically proficient, skillfully advanced, passionate and confident athletes. Own Touch fosters a learning environment that challenges players to perform, yet embraces mistakes, which is a natural and necessary part of development. The programs reflect our philosophy of growing the love of the beautiful game from the inside out, as a family. Learn more at OwnTouchCentral.com.