Nostell help youngster fulfil sporting dream
20th February, 2018
Nostell Miners Welfare secretary Granville Marshall and player Wayne Ball have handed over a cheque to a local youngster to help him take part in an international football tournament later this year.
Callum Deary, who plays for the club's disability football team, is one of fifteen selected for the Mencap GB squad for the European Championships that takes place in Geneva, Switzerland, in May.
The 19-year-old was presented with the £150 donation on-the-pitch prior to Nostell’s 4-1 Toolstation NCEL Division One win over Selby Town on Friday night.
Callum still needs to raise a little bit more for his trip but he is confident that the final total will be hit by the end of the week when the disability team hold a fundraising event.
It has been a whirlwind few months for the youngster who, until last September, had never played for a team before and simply played football in either his garden or in his street.
He has also been nominated for the Disability Sport Yorkshire Sportsman of the Year award with the winner announced at a ceremony at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium in March.
NLY Community Sport coaches Connor Rollinson and James Grayson, who are in charge of the Nostell team, are throughly delighted with the news.
Connor said: “Myself and James are over the moon. We have only been going five months and we have another major achievement on the books.
“Callum should be really proud of himself. Getting in the Mencap GB team was one thing, but to be nominated for a regional award is just as good. He’s now going to a prestigious venue where there will be well-known faces, to potentially collect an award.
“For someone not actively playing organised football five months ago, that is quite some achievement.
“Callum’s achievements send out a clear message about the kind of opportunities available.”
(Story Source: Non-League Yorkshire)
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