Helping young disabled play football, the launch of Adversity United in Harrogate

is about to see the launch of Adversity United a new club for primary school children, geared to help disabled boys and girls play the sport.

The new club is the brainchild of 16 year old Cameron Osburn and has won the support of his school Harrogate Grammar, where the club will train from September.

Pannal Sports JFC who will assist with admin and equipment, Paul Bird the regional FA Disability Director and Gambaru Fitness who through their Adversity Awards will also be sponsoring the team.

 


 

Cameron says his goal is to help children engage in sport and build confidence before they move up to secondary school.

He has already had a great response and is excited by the prospect of helping to change young people’s lives.

 

Cameron said:

Living with Cerebral Palsy, I know having a disability doesn’t impact the passion you have for sport; you just need to find a way to play it.

Adversity United is about bringing boys and girls together who love football but can’t access it through the conventional clubs.

Whether you’re physically disabled, have learning difficulties or are on the autistic spectrum this is a club for everyone.

 

Back Row Mr & Mrs Watson (Parents), James Lang (Assistant Coach), Richard Sheriff (Headteacher Harrogate Grammar), Mike Pywell (Adversity Awards Mentor), Matthew Cormack Pannal JFC, Darren Morrell (Parent & Coach), Amy Morrell (Parent), Claire Osburn, Leigh Woolard (Supporter - Social Media) Front Row Cameron Osburn (Coach), Harvey Watson, Jonathan Walker (Owner Gambaru Fitness), Chris McDonald (Head of PE Harrogate Grammar), Harrison Morrell (8)
Back Row Mr & Mrs Watson (Parents), James Lang (Assistant Coach), Richard Sheriff (Headteacher Harrogate Grammar), Mike Pywell (Adversity Awards Mentor), Matthew Cormack Pannal JFC, Darren Morrell (Parent & Coach), Amy Morrell (Parent), Claire Osburn, Leigh Woolard (Supporter – Social Media) Front Row Cameron Osburn (Coach), Harvey Watson, Jonathan Walker (Owner Gambaru Fitness), Chris McDonald (Head of PE Harrogate Grammar), Harrison Morrell (8)

 

Cameron sporting achievements include an adult Black belt in Silat an Indonesian martial art, trials for England’s FA CP Team Development Squad, and a 2017 National Cup winner’s medal with the North East Cerebral Palsy Football team.

Since becoming the Boys Ambassador for Gambaru Adversity Awards last year, Cameron’s progress has been helped by working with Harrogate-based life coach Mike Pywell a co-founder of the Awards.

 

Mike Pywell said:

Cameron is an exceptional young man, he may be only 16 but there are no limits to what he can achieve. He’s a fantastic example of someone who does not let their adversity define them, he just powers on. It’s a privilege to help him realise his dreams, and for such a great cause.

For those interested in the club, there is a taster session on Tuesday 1 August on the Stray Rein Stray from 5.30 to 6.30pm.

Anyone interested in playing or helping the club in is urged to come along.

To help planning on numbers please email Cameron at adversityunited@gmail.com or call him on 07468 855433

For more information on the Adversity Awards please visit www.adversityawards.com

A new Harrogate based football club for disabled boys and girls (under 12) Taster session next Tuesday 1st August on Stray Rein Stray 5.30 to 6.30pm For more information please contact: Mike Pywell 0759 8929 976 or Cameron Osburn 0748 855433

 

 

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