Walking football players who are overcoming brain injuries now have new kit thanks to Coles Miller Solicitors.
Coles Miller has provided the new football strip for brain injury charity Headway’s walking football team in Poole. Dorset Sportsmen’s Lodge also donated £200 towards the kit.
Headway is a UK-wide charity that provides vital support to brain injury survivors, their families and carers.
Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack, a specialist brain injury solicitor, said: “People who have sustained serious head injuries need all the help that we as a community can give them.
“Walking football is an excellent way for people to regain and maintain fitness, improve co-ordination, have fun and socialise.
“It’s a very inclusive sport that – although often associated with older players – is suitable for all ages and abilities.
“According to the rules of walking football, the ball should never go above head height. This minimises the chance of head injuries,” he added.
Headway United trains at the County Ground in Blandford Close, Hamworthy. It is the headquarters of Dorset County Football Association which is keen to help make the sport more inclusive.
Headway attracts around a dozen players to its training sessions. They are all brain injury or stroke survivors. Some are referred by the NHS to help with their rehabilitation.
The team is run by Headway Dorset operations manager Ade Stark and organiser Kev Tipper. Both are brain injury survivors.
Mr Stark paid tribute to Coles Miller and Dorset Sportsmen’s Lodge: “We are extremely grateful for their support.
“Walking football is a great opportunity for brain injury survivors to meet each other and socialise. It’s an escape – and it’s a great way to exercise,” he added.
Coles Miller solicitors in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Broadstone and Wimborne help people who have suffered through personal injury or clinical negligence to claim compensation (‘no win no fee’) to fund their treatment and care.