Scotland's Cerebral Palsy football team look ahead to important year

By Ben Kearney

Scotland’s Cerebral Palsy National Football Team are determined to reclaim their place as one of the world’s best.

Funding has been severely cut over time from the Scottish FA, and the group have struggled to keep up with tournament costs. Once sixth best in world rankings, they have fallen to 26th. Later this year, the squad will hopefully fly out to Barcelona for a qualifying tournament that could see them gain a place at the World Cup.

Jonathan Paterson, Paralympian and squad member, has admitted this year will be their most important yet, he said: “We had given up so much – our time spent at weekends was focusing on the team so to have our funding cut was shattering. This year we have a chance to get back to the level we were at before, with a real chance to qualify.”

Over £10,000 is needed to be able to fund the trip, and head coach Greig Taylor has called on the public to help: “Each player has to raise at least £1,000, next week we are going to set up a joint funding page for the whole squad. We would love to go to Spain and most importantly get out on the pitch and win games.

“We have had so many problems with funding, our players just want to play football. Anyone should have a fair chance to play the sport they have a passion for. I have to thank the people who have stuck by us.”

In the coming weeks, a funding page will be created to help raise the £25,000 total that is needed. You can follow the team on Twitter here:

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