CP Sport collected a range of profiles from participants that play CP and/or Frame Football, as well as profiles from coaches, physiotherapists and parents of players to use as promotional material during the 2022 Football World Cup. We aim to encourage more people with CP to take part in sport by sharing positive stories and delivering opportunities.
Name: Matt Crossen
Club/Recreational Centre: England CP football captain
About me: Apart from playing at the elite level of England, I enjoy most inspiring the younger generation to get started in para football and help them on to the pathway of their footballing journey.
The impact football has had on my life: CP football has given me everything. The impact on my life my families life has been tremendous.
My ambitions in football: My ambitions in football are to lead my team and country to a World Cup final or Euros final before I retire.
What I would say to others with cerebral palsy about playing football: Get involved whenever you are comfortable. CP football will always be ready for you. I started somewhere and you can too, don’t be worried, take that chance and you will enjoy it as much as I do no matter what your level you’ll be made to feel comfortable.
If you are interested in pursuing opportunities in CP football, frame football, adult or junior – please use the FA’s Find Football tool to locate sessions or clubs in your area, or email firstname.lastname@example.org