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Jack Bell Named Star Award Winner

Jack Bell, who we featured in our most recent Annual Report, has won a Star Award from The Children’s Foundation at this year’s event at The Biscuit Factory.

The awards aim to recognise the achievements of children in the North East with a disability, their friends and families and the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Jack, 17 from Washington, is deaf and has cerebral palsy and in the last year has become a regular player at Newcastle United Foundation’s Cerebral Palsy Football Club, which he attends every week 

His Mum, Carol, had struggled to find somewhere suitable where Jack could make new friends and just have fun. So, after a recommendation from a friend she decided to bring him to Walker Activity Dome for the football sessions.

Carole said:  “Jack’s Dad and I were so happy Jack picked up the award – he’s worked so hard and really had to endeavor to overcome his disability to participate in the sessions. We’re so very, very proud of him.

“He loves the football sessions. The coaches have been brilliant and they are always so considerate about the limitations Jack faces so if he can’t do a particular drill, they have something else for him to try instead.

“Jack is so much more confident since he started coming to the sessions. He felt very isolated before but now it’s all about the football sessions. It’s so great to see him get excited about taking part and enjoying himself.  I think he would go every day of the week if he could!”

Jack added: “My favourite part is playing a match during the sessions – I love it if I score a goal! It is hard for me, it wears me out and I fall over a few times but it doesn’t put me off. It’s my favourite day of the week and I miss it when it’s not on.”

Reggie Dornan, Disability Coach at Newcastle United Foundation, commented: “It was fantastic to see Jack’s commitment to football and our Cerebral Palsy team recognised. He is a real team player and we’re so delighted that other people get to see him for the Star we already know he is!”

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