Over the course of the 2022/23 season, we will hear from a wide range of local people who have benefited from Arsenal projects in the Community. Here we find out more about how a very special amputee project helped Isaac enjoy soccer and took his life in a new direction.
Project: Arsenal Amputee FootballEstablished: 2015Participants from the start: 30+Weekly Participants: 12Sessions: Tuesday 6pm-7.30pm (The Arsenal Hub)Available for: Participants with upper limb amputations, lower limb amputations and multiple amputations
Participant Isaac says…
“I found out about the scheme through social media and wanted to pursue my dream of playing football so I contacted the club and have adapted like a glove ever since. I reached out to the staff and was involved within a week; Since then I have attended almost every week, including a period when I was injured to support my team.
“I worked with three incredible coaches and mentors who helped me not only on the field but also off it. It has really helped me to overcome and overcome the situations that I have faced in the last few months. We’ve had some deep conversations, beyond football! It has been very positive to share my knowledge and experience, in addition to learning.
“It means a lot as a player to be with a team that understands and does so much to help me grow as an individual. I have not only seen myself compete in the league and score goals, I have had opportunities at international level. In the last year I have accomplished so much to be proud of and I know I can continue to grow. It has helped my outlook on life to be more positive and grateful for things. I’ve just been offered a space in the Arsenal Manager Development Program so this is definitely just the beginning of my journey!
Luke Howard, Arsenal Accessibility Coordinator, says…
“We launched our Arsenal program in the amputee community in 2015, building on strong foundations laid by some of the players who run their own team. Bringing the team to The Arsenal Hub, we began recruiting new players and exploring the ambitions of existing players, as well as holding a training session with Theo Walcott, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey.
“During this time, we have seen amazing achievements from the players: from playing football for the first time as amputees, to representing the club in the Arsenal Coaches Development Program abroad, to seeing the team win national tournaments and our players play for the England national team. team in European Championships and World Cups.
“This group has been running for several years and has become one of our most recognized programs, with some fantastic people involved. Looking at the progress of the players and the individual achievements, we are very proud of everyone. Now our objective is to continue with the growth of the group”.
For more information email Luke Howard [email protected]
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