Young Amputee Footballer Prepares For World Cup Journey
Newcastle United fans will remember the day that 12-year-old Chris McKitten scored a penalty in front of a packed Gallowgate End in April 2011.
What made Chris’ penalty extraordinary was that three years earlier he lost his right leg to Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
Still football crazy at 15, Chris, from Pelaw in Gateshead, has just been signed to play for Newcastle United Foundation’s FA Player Development Centre at Walker Technology College. Not only that, he also plays every month at the English Amputee Football Association’s Centre of Excellence in Manchester. Plus he is a junior member of the Great Britain Amputee squad. While he is too young to qualify for the Amputee World Cup in Mexico this November, few doubt that he will make the squad for the 2018 event.
“As a Newcastle United supporter and season ticket holder it makes me even more proud to be able to be a member of Newcastle United Foundation, I love it’.
Grandad, Tom McKitten added:
“The Foundation provides a wonderful opportunity for people with disabilities like Chris to be able to play football and show what talents they have. I thoroughly enjoy watching them.”
Newcastle United Foundation runs ‘Football for All’ coaching sessions for children with disabilities across the region. The programme is funded by BBC Children In Need, People’s Postcode Trust, Northumbria Police Charity and Kids 1st Nurseries.
For further information contact Reggie.Dornan@nufc.co.uk or ring 07826 870237.
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