24.02.2011

Visually-impaired teenager called up to England squad

Visually-impaired teenager called up to England squad

Posted by Alexa Kaczka

A 17-year-old from Carlisle who has severe learning disabilities and eyesight problems has been called up a national football squad.

William Swales, will play for England in Geneva, Switzerland, at the European Football Championship for people with learning disabilities, reports the Cumberland Times.

He saw off 74 other hopefuls at a recent trial to claim his place in the Mencap 11-a-side England team.

William has shown a gift for football since the age of four, despite his severe learning disabilities and eyesight problems.

He told the newspaper: "I'm really happy to be chosen, especially being the only one from Cumbria. Trials are never easy though – I had to dribble the ball, take shots at the keeper and play as part of a team."

Before the championships in Switzerland on June 10th, William will attend England's training camp in south Wales, where he will join up with 14 other teenagers from all over the country who have been chosen for the squad.

The England blind football team were recently forced to cancel international matches with Russia due to visa and transport issues.
 

by Alexa Kaczka


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