We’ve helped the GB CP Football team attend two Paralympics and two Paralympic World Cups so far.
The words “Dream it Believe it Achieve It” were an unofficial mantra for the GB Cerebral Palsy Football Team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. At Beijing, the team finished 7th in the competition, where they were making their first appearance in the sport since 1992.
Inspired by their achievements, the charity was formed soon afterwards by the team captain Matt Dimbylow and grew to support many other sports as well as his own. The GB Cerebral Palsy Football Team won Bronze at the 2010 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester and Silver in the 2012 Paralympic World Cup.
Dream It Believe It Achieve It provided Sigivaris Compression Wear, full home and away football kit, and funding to attend training camps in the UK and abroad. This helped the team prepare to compete against the world’s best in the London 2012 Paralympics. It turned out to be a very closely fought competition in which the team finished 7th. Since then, support from Dream It Believe It Achieve It has allowed the team members, including Michael Barker – previously part of Everton FCs School of Excellence, and Martin Sinclair, brother of Manchester City FC player Scott Sinclair, to progress in their sport.
More information about the Cerebral Palsy Football team can be found here: http://www.paralympics.org.uk/sports/football-7-a-side