Doncaster youngster Bryan Kilpatrick-Elliott, 11, is trailblazer for Cerebral Palsy Sport
Doncaster youngster Bryan Kilpatrick-Elliott continues to be a trailblazer for Cerebral Palsy sport.
The 11-year-old initially raised awareness when he was selected for England’s cerebral palsy junior squad at the age of nine - and encouraged other children with the condition to play football.
Now he has organised a fundraising day at his school to raise money for the charity Cerebral Palsy Sport.
Pupils at Kirk Sandall Junior School raised £300 last month by attending as their favourite sporting hero and contributing £1.
The event was attended by Great Britain and England CP international Matt Crossen.
“We’d like to say a massive thank you to the school and the children,” said Bryan’s father, also called Bryan.
“Bryan first approached his PE teacher Mr O’Neil about holding a fundraising day for the charity. The school agreed that this would be a great idea. “Bryan then contacted Cerebral Palsy Sport about them coming to his school and helping with the programme of disability sports ideas that the children played throughout the day to raise awareness.
“He even contacted England and Paralympic footballer Matt Crossen to come in and talk to the children and teachers and assist with the day’s activities.
“All the children and staff had great fun taking part in the activities that Bryan planned with the help of his teacher Mr Sutherhill.”
Bryan is currently training with the England Under 12s development squad and plays for Manchester-based club Cerebral Palsy United.
“Bryan really wanted to do something for this charity as they provide sporting events throughout the country for both children and adults who have cerebral palsy,” said Bryan. “He has attended many events they have held and has always really enjoyed them.”
Crossen, who has realised his international dream with England CP after suffering a stroke at the age of 23, said: “It was an absolute privilege to be part of the day and inspiring in many ways.”
Bryan has also played for Club Doncaster Titans. His confidence and physical fitness has improved immeasurably through his football.
For more information about Cerebral Palsy Sport visit www.cpsport.org.