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Soccer shows its caring side

FOOTBALL chiefs in Somerset are supporting a £40,000 fundraising campaign by the family of a young player with cerebral palsy for lifechanging surgery. Jace Webberley, aged four and from Somerton, cannot walk or stand unaided without pain as his leg muscles Jace playing frame football are too stiff. That has not stopped him playing a unique form of football called frame football, developed by the Cerebral Palsy Society, in which players are supported by walking frames. Jace’s family have been told that he is eligible for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery, which involves severing a proportion of the nerves in the spine which have the most spasticity. The procedure is not available on the NHS. After the operation, Jace will undergo several years of physiotherapy to retrain and re-strengthen his back muscles, allowing him to walk unaided. Somerset Football Association has set up a special fundraising website for Jace, who plays football with Bristol Frame Football, which meets in Whitchurch. Jace’s family are aiming to raise these funds within two years, because as Jace gets older he would require multiple surgeries which can be avoided by having the SDR operation as soon as possible. Louisa, Jace’s mum said: “Football helps to compliment the work Jace does with his physio in a fun way, and allows him to do things other non-CP children do. It is easy to assume that children with cerebral palsy cannot do things, but I think that Jace and his teammates show us every week that they can! Jace is making amazing progress at football each week, which has helped him not just physically, but socially as well. “We heard about frame football through Jace's physio, we then joined the Bristol Frame Football Team in January 2017. Jace enjoys playing football with the team, although he is the youngest player and can be a little shy. “He has learnt to dribble the ball down the pitch and loves it when he scores a goal (he also enjoys stealing the coach's whistle and telling others what to do)! During our Saturday training session, he is taught to control the ball, to be able to move in between cones and run up and down the pitch without losing the ball." Follow Jace’s SDR Journey on Facebook and on Twitter @JacesSDRJourney or visit: https://just4children.org/children-helped2017/jaces-sdrjourney/

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Tennis with a twist

The ladies who took part in the tournament

WELLS Tennis Club hosted the annual President's Ladies' Tournament with 16 women taking part in the fun doubles competition. The new format was a round robin format with a twist, as each pair had a joker to play in a round of their choice and this was key to the overall champions. Winners Linda (left) and Tasha

It was nip and tuck between the eight pairs the whole way but two were on equal scores going into the final round with Natasha Smith and Linda Lester eventually triumphing by one point from Linda Hall and Lucy Thomas. Organiser Julia Nest, the club’s ladies captain, said: "It was great to have so many members sign up for a fun and fast afternoon of tennis." Meanwhile, 20 members competed in the Chris Hicks Memorial Tournament, an annual event running since 2005. They played in mixed doubles in a rotation of partners; the winners (with the most games won) were Martyn Holliday and Sarah Townsend. Runners-up were Lorna Jenkins and Julia Nest (who tied for ladies) and Ray Brooks.

Players in the Chris Hick Memorial tournament

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Issue 6 - Volume 13 - Mendip Times  

Celebrating life on the Mendips and surrounding areas

Issue 6 - Volume 13 - Mendip Times  

Celebrating life on the Mendips and surrounding areas