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Peterborough man, Ryan Kay has fulfilled every footballer’s dream of being picked to play for his country in the World Cup!
Goalkeeper, Ryan Kay started playing football when he was six years-old. Living in Stanground, he began playing for Park Farm, which at the time was his dad’s club. He stayed at Park Farm until he was 14 and the team disbanded. He followed this up by going for a trial at the East Midlands Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence in Nottingham and later down the line was picked for the England Development team. After only one match he was then picked in the senior team, which is who he currently plays with.
The style of football they play is slightly different to the full version of the game. Teams play seven a-side on smaller pitches for two halves of 30 minutes, but the rules remain the same and the matches are no less competitive.
Ryan’s older brother Richard (27) from Orton Wistow also plays for the England CP team!
Ryan’s most recent successes include being selected to be part of the England team to play in the 2015 IFCPF (International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football) World Championships and being selected to play for the Paralympic GB seven aside CP football team at the 2016 Games in Rio!
Ryan said: “I am over the moon. My dream of playing in the World Championships for England is now one step closer. It’s the best feeling ever. I can’t wait to play.
“If anybody with CP would love to have the chance to play for England then they should contact their local county FA who will help put them on the right track. Without CP football my dreams wouldn’t have come true.”
Upon returning from the Paralympics in Rio Ryan said “Getting selected to be a part of Paralympic GB for the seven aside football team was an honour! Getting to the highest level in the sport is amazing!”.
Speaking specifically about playing football with his disability Ryan added: “sometimes it is difficult to control the ball, but you learn to adapt and react to situations differently. “The main difficulty is that you tire very quickly which is why the matches are only 60 minutes long. Adapting to that and knowing when to conserve energy is part of the game.”
Ryan is now training for the World Championship football tournament in Argentina, and has also taken up rowing. Ryan now rows most days and is aiming to get a good time for the 2000m in November. He is also the new coach for our Recovery Football sessions that take place on Wednesdays at 2pm at The Grange in Netherton.
Watch this space, there’s lots happening in Ryan’s future!