Football lover with cerebral palsy hand-picked by the FA

A young football fan living with cerebral palsy is celebrating this week, having been hand-picked by the Football Association (FA) to embark on a ‘disability performance pathway’ programme.

Josh Bryers, Shropshire, was first diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was just two-years-old – but has never let the condition get in the way of his dream to one day become a professional footballer.

The now-eight-year-old, who has been playing football for his local team, Wem Town, for several years, recently travelled to Derby University to take part in a tough trial overseen by FA talent scouts.

At the event, scouts were hugely impressed by the youngster’s performance – and “offered him a place there and then,” Josh’s father, Ryan Bryers, recalls.

“I’m so proud of his dedication,” Mr Bryers said, noting that his son had faced a number of challenges in recent years as a result of his condition.

The youngster, whose cerebral palsy predominantly affects his right leg, has been working alongside medical professionals at a nearby Orthopaedic Hospital.

Following his success with FA talent scouts, Josh is hoping that one day, he might be able to play for England’s Cerebral Palsy team.

“He loves football and he would love to play [for the team]. There are no limitations for him,” Mr Bryers said.

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