Lyndon Lynch has been appointed as the new Head Coach of the England Cerebral Palsy team.
The England Cerebral Palsy squad have a brand new Head Coach, with the experienced Lyndon Lynch in charge for next year’s European and World Championship campaign.
Lynch, 56, is no stranger to Disability Football having been in charge of the England Learning Disability side that beat Holland 2-1 to win the World Cup in Yokohama six years ago.
And the PE teacher was also in charge of this year’s Great Britain Cerebral Palsy side that competed at the Paralympics in Beijing.
"It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and a lot of the players in that side will be in the England CP team, so hopefully we can build on that for our own 2009 campaign," said Lynch of the squad’s time in China.
Great Britain finished seventh out of eight competing nations in Beijing but Lynch is already looking forward to 2012.
"We were drawn in a tough group and were well beaten by Ukraine who went on to take the Gold medal. But the plus side was that our players got the chance to compete at a major sporting event and now we know what’s needed to do well at London in four years' time."
Lynch has already started his plans for England’s 2009 campaign, with the squad’s first training camp scheduled for Lilleshall at the end of November.
"We’re still an emerging nation when it comes to Cerebral Palsy football, so we’ll be looking to set up a series of coaching days around the country as well where we can take a look at players from clubs, schools and colleges and see if they’ve got the talent to play for their country.
"The FA’s Disability Football framework is the envy of the world and that’s all down to people like Jeff Davis (The FA's National Manager for Disability Football), who has really pushed things forward.
"We want to build a successful team and coaching structure with a solid base for talent ID, so it’s an exciting time to be involved with Disability Football in this country."