The England Cerebral Palsy U21s Squad are back from their tournament in Holland, along with one of our coaches and two DCCT Disability Players picked for the team.
Between 25th and 29th July, the England Cerebral Palsy U21s Squad travelled to Holland for two international friendlies.
They played at the KNVB Campus, also known as the Royal Dutch Football Association.
Two of the players come directly from the Derby County Community Trust Disability Team – Billy-Lee Dixon and Saul Simpkin.
Saul is currently in the middle of a two year apprenticeship with the Trust, and is now working on some of the initiatives he has benefited from as a player.
Both Billy and Saul’s talents were shown during both matches as the England team won against Holland 4-1 in the first game, and 3-0 in the second.
In which Billy scored with a header!
The team also got the chance to watch the Senior squad play in the European Championships, where England beat Finland 10-0 and lost 1-0 to Russia (who are one of the best teams in the world).
They have also since beaten Spain 9-1 and face another of the world’s best, Ukraine today for a place in the semi finals.
One of our own coaches, Liam Drake, trained and led the England U21s Squad to their ultimate victory, along with his coaching partner Jack Rutter who has worked at the trust previously as a part time community coach.
Jack is now schooling the U21s having previously captained England at two World Championships and GB at Rio 2016, but is no longer eligible to play due to a recent change in classifications.
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