The organizers of the Ray Kennedy Cup - an international football tournament for people living with Parkinson's - are inviting players from across Europe to enter the competition.
expect teams from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and England will take part in this kind of football.
We olso hope, that other European countries - will travel to Copenhagen to take part in the 7-a-side tournament.
Thr tpournament is the brainchild of physiotherapist Finn Egeberg Nielsen, who realizes his work with Parkinson's patients that the movements required in football are very similar to the ones that he asked his patients to perform.
The tournament is named after English professional footballer Ray Kennedy who was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's at the end of his playing career. It is widely acknowledged that keeping active is extremely helpful in combining the progression of Parkinson's.
The organizers believe the Ray Kennedy cup has benefits beyond this by creating a social, fun environment for people with Parkinson's to interact with one another.
Heino Jespersen, member of the board of the Danish Parkinson's Association
said: “I am sure that football and exercise can improve the disease. This tournament shows that a Parkinson's diagnosis is not the end of that physical activity, it is not the end of life. For more information, or to find out how you and your team can
get involved, contact Eigil Sabroe e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org