A group of football players who led Scotland to a major trophy are hoping their success inspires people from all backgrounds.

Scotland's cerebral palsy team were crowned winners of the IFCPF World Championships earlier this month after beating Northern Ireland in the final 4-0.

The team is made up of players who have cerebral palsy and others who have had a stroke or acquired brain injury.

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Now, in the aftermath of what is seen as a historic achievement, the players involved hope that the magnitude of the result goes on to inspire others to overcome adversity.

The Gazette: Kerr Mackenzie Kerr Mackenzie (Image: Supplied)

Kerr Mackenzie, from Foxbar and a student at the University of the West of Scotland, was born with cerebral palsy and says that being part of a team that has won a major trophy "means a lot".

Kerr added that having pathways available for people to achieve their dreams is as important as anything else.

The 20-year-old said: "The main point for me is to make sure that pathways such as the ones I had when I was younger are readily available for people.

"When I was 12 Scottish Disability Sport came into the Craighalbert Centre where I used to go and my mum found a flyer on the wall which told her about how I can still live out my dream.

"Football is for everyone and anyone, and growing up it is everyone's dream to play football for their nation and when I found out this was possible for me, it was an opportunity I didn't want to miss out on.

"I just can't describe the feeling of knowing that we went out and won the tournament, it really means a lot to us all.

"We want this to show that anyone can do anything in life, no matter the challenges.

"It is just a great pathway for anyone with CP (cerebral palsy) or a brain-acquired injury to play for their nation." 

The Gazette: Matthew Wynne with his familyMatthew Wynne with his family (Image: Supplied)

Matthew, 22, from Eaglesham, was also born with cerebral palsy and says that everyone in the team is a close-knit group who are always looking to help each other where possible.

He said: "The CP team has given me something that I never thought anything else would. it has given me a place in life.

"I struggled a little bit not knowing where to go or what to do.

"The team are strong too as every other person may not share the exact same life experiences but certainly faced similar challenges as to what I did.

"We are all very similar in that way and it has been a great support network for myself, as not only can I go out and play but it provides support for me."

The Gazette: Jamie Kelly, right, with the trophy Jamie Kelly, right, with the trophy (Image: Supplied)

Jamie Kelly, 30, from Hamilton, suffered a brain injury in 2015 and said that the cerebral palsy team helped him keep on top of his mental health.

He added: "It opened up many doors for someone myself and allowed me to love football again.

"To be around people who first of all understood what it was like to have adversity in their health but also help you when you were struggling.

"It strives for me to be as good as I can, despite my illness trying to stop me

"It has been a massive positive on my physical and mental health and it is a life saviour for me I'd say."