Yesterday I visited St George’s Park with some of the families who are part of Hemi Hearts, a local organisation of which I’m proud to be the patron.
We were there to watch the England Cerebral Palsy squad training as the preparations began for the CP World Cup which is being held in Seville, Spain next summer.
On arrival, we were greeted by Jeff Davis, Head of Disability Football at the FA and Matt Crossen, captain of the England Team. We were then led over to the Paul Ince pitch which was in perfect condition as the pitches always are at St George’s Park.
The players trained for around an hour and a half and it was great to see some familiar faces, along with a number of young players who have recently broken into the squad.
The Hemi Hearts children and their parents looked on and were clearly very impressed by the standard of play. Towards the end of the session the children were allowed to have a kick about to the side of the pitch. This certainly increased the levels of excitement, with beaming smiles a plenty.
As the training session drew to a close, the England players chatted to the children and their parents and lots of photos were taken.
All in all, we had a fantastic morning. We hope to return in the new year to watch England play a friendly match as their tournament preparations continue.