In 2015, IFCPF appointed the first IFCPF Athletes’ Representative for CP Football following the transfer of governance from CPISRA and the creation of new structures for the future development of CP Football. As a member of the IFCPF Board, we are ensuring that athletes are central to our work and part of all key decision making.
Our Athletes’ Representative has been working with our members to help them identify a someone to act as Athletes’ Representative for their national programme. Steadily we are creating a network of athletes who are able to share their ideas and feedback.
James Murrihy - IFCPF Athlete Representative
Mr James Murrihy, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with the Irish Sports Council, is a former member of the Athletes Commission of Paralympics Ireland and board member of People with Disabilities in Clare.
Recently selected as Athlete Representative for IFCPF, Mr Murrihy has enjoyed playing for the Ireland CP Football team from 1995, including three World Championships and two Paralympic Games before his final tournament in 2010.
Meet our players
Ben Roche - Australia
"My name is Ben Roche. I am 27 years old, born with Cerebral Palsy and I play for the Australian Pararoos. Over the course of my life I have been labelled as physically weak and at a disadvantage. I dispel these stereotypes and instead use my disability as a means for me to build my strengths and continue to learn."
Khairul Anwar - Singapore
More than six years ago, the idea of a cerebral palsy football team was mostly unheard of in Singapore. These days however, the country has a national team taking the Southeast Asian field by storm. This is mostly thanks to Khairul Anwar and the other pioneer members of Singapore’s CP football team, who spearheaded the movement.
Joe Markey - Ireland
"I had an appointment in the CRC in Clontraf when I was 15, I seen a poster on the wall I phoned the number and was told the current squad was at the Euros in Ukraine , I knew after that phone call I wanted to get involved."