Disability foundation players trial for England squad..
Two players from the Foundation have completed trials for the England Disability Squads thanks to the support and opportunities provided by the Leeds United Foundation.
Luke Harrison, aged 21 and Rhys Swift, aged 12, both live with conditions which mean they cannot play football in main stream teams. The pair both train on disability specialist programmes at the Foundation and work with fully qualified coaches on drills, games and fitness.
Luke, who has cerebral palsy, last week attended an open trial for the England Under 21 Disability Squad and will find out in the next few weeks if he is successful.
Luke said: “I feel like I did well in the trial and I should find out in a few weeks if I have been selected to attend an England Under 21s training camp. I would like to say thank you to everyone at the Foundation for supporting me in the build up to the trial and helping me with training.”
Young Rhys lives with glaucoma which affects both eyes and is the most common cause of sight loss. He also has aniridia causing the absence of both iris which usually affects both eyes.
Rhys has always played football and prior to joining the specialist sessions, played in mainstream teams. Due to his condition, the youngster found it extremely challenging to play with a white football, often failing to locate the ball or players who were wearing white kits. Rhys’ trial with the Disability England Emerging Talent is this week and we wish him all the best.
Anthony Hall, Disability Officer for the Foundation, said: “We are really proud of Luke and Rhys and how well they have done in our disability teams. We strive to provide opportunities like this to our players and we hope we can support everyone to achieve their goals.”
Good luck Luke and Rhys!
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