Hemsley named in 22-man Great Britain squad.
An amputee footballer who only started playing the sport in the summer has been called up to the Great Britain squad.
Danny Hemsley plays for Brighton & Hove Albion Amputee FC - a team run by Albion in the Community – and has become a key figure in AITC’s squad since its launch earlier this year.
He was part of the team that played their first-ever game against Arsenal on the pitch at the American Express Community Stadium and earlier this month took part in a pre-season tournament at Manchester City’s multi-million pound training ground.
The 39-year-old has now been named in the provisional 22-man Great Britain squad ahead of next year’s European Championships – quite an achievement considering he hasn’t even completed his first season playing the sport.
Mr Hemsley lost his leg just over 12 months ago when he tripped and fell through a glass table while helping a friend move furniture. He very nearly lost his life. Surgeons spent five days trying to save his leg but ended up having to amputate above the knee.
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Fast-forward just over a year and Mr Hemsley is on the verge of his first season as a Brighton player and relishing the prospect of training with the national team.
“Being part of AITC has given me a new lease of life,” he said, “Being on the pitch makes you forget all of your problems and worries.
“I feel very lucky to be given the opportunity to be part of the GB squad - I just hope I can do the Albion proud.”
AITC is now the largest provider of disability football opportunities in the area and runs 35 regular sessions across Sussex – attended by more than 300 people every month.
For more information on AITC’s amputee football team – or the charity’s other disability football clubs – email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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