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WBA Amputees host inaugural tournament

21 February 2018

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WEST Bromwich Albion Amputees played host to a round-robin of competitive fixtures for the first time, as Everton Amputees and Manchester City Amputees visited the Midlands.

It’s the first season that West Bromwich Albion Amputees have been established, and the team enjoyed hosting three games of football.

“These guys scoot around this pitch remarkably,” said Steve Fottrell, WBA Amputees Coach.

“It’s just fantastic. I would encourage anyone to come and have a look at it, because it really opens your eyes to what these guys can do.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for them to carry on with the sport they love.”

Despite losing both the games, it was a big landmark for the team, and their enthusiasm was clear for all to see. 

A passionate player for West Bromwich Albion Amputees, Tom Whitehouse says that he never thought he’d be able to play football again after having his leg surgically removed.

 “I love it, to be honest,” said Tom.

“It's a big thing going through amputation.

“For different reasons it affects people differently, so it's nice for people to be able to come together and play a sport that we love, which you think you never get to play again.”

Another of the players, Cameron Boparai, spoke of how much amputee football has helped him in life after being diagnosed with cancer in 2016, which resulted in the loss of his arm.

“It has been good. You get to know new people in the same condition,” said Cameron.

“It is just getting to know new people playing the sport that you love and just enjoying yourself at the end of the day.

“You just have to carry on with things. Amputee football gives you an extra boost because there is other people in the same situation as you and you get to play and you feel normal."

To get involved or find out more about The Albion Foundation’s amputee football set-up, please email Paul.Glover@albionfoundation.co.uk.

 

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