WELCOME TO SPORT PARKINSON'S
RAY KENNEDY WEEKEND 2024
2024 - exact dates tbc
Uniting people with Parkinson's Disease
through the love of football
The Ray Kennedy Weekend 2024 will host two competitive tournaments for people with Parkinson's.
The tournaments provide a platform to raise awareness of this cruel disease and bring together the PD community who share a passion for football.
The Ray Kennedy Cup - the running football tournament, date TBC.
The Ray Kennedy Shield - the walking football tournament, date TBC.
One Weekend - Two Tournaments
Registration will open in March 2024
Any questions or to express your / your teams interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Places for both tournaments are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis. We reserve the right to refuse entry.
Introducing the Ray Kennedy Weekend 2024
The Ray Kennedy Weekend gives us the opportunity to play Parkinson's running and walking football with teams of the highest quality, reflecting our dedication to providing everyone with Parkinson’s access to play at their own level.
We have watched and listened as the development of the Parkinson’s walking football community has gathered momentum. We have been involved in the establishment of a Parkinson’s England Team which recently won a tournament in Singapore. We have witnessed first hand the passion which the Ray Kennedy Cup competition generates and how the challenges we all face have been overcome by our love of the game.
The need for both running and walking football for players with Parkinson’s is clear. Any player capable of playing running football should be given the opportunity to play for as long as possible in a safe environment. Equally important is the beneficial impact this could have on the Young Onset section of the Parkinson’s community where following a diagnosis there is a readymade support network in an otherwise difficult coming to terms period.
Thanks to the organisers of the Ray Kennedy Weekend the ever increasing availability of Parkinson’s walking football will allow players to continue to achieve their goals. Whether it is to play for England or simply join in the game at their preferred level and to maintain physical fitness while enjoying an active social life, walking football is the future and the Ray Kennedy Shield, which will be contested between teams from around the world as it grows, will be the globally recognised tournament in which to play. We look forward to seeing you there!