Keeley Cerretti and Ryan Gregson (both from South Lanarkshire) were lucky to get a place in the Junior Amputee Football Camp in Poland. They were put forward by Ashley from Finding Your Feet, and there were 58 other children (only three girls) from across Europe. Keeley and Ryan travelled with their dads (David and Stephen respectively) to the camp and everyone had a fantastic experience across the three days, making many new friends.
The training was based at the Soccer Arena in Warsaw and was split into sections based on age group, with first class coaching making it fun and challenging for all involved.
Both families were impressed with the organisation of the camp, and got a friendly welcome from all the officials, coaches and volunteers representing the European Amputee Football Federation. It was also managed really well with designated assistants to help with arrangements and translation etc.
This was a great experience for both Keeley and Ryan and David (Keeley’s dad) said he was really inspired by the kids and how he will remember the joy they had and the smiles on their faces.
Keeley’s quote from her experience: “I really enjoyed playing football with boys and girls my own age. I also met a new friend called Chloe from Ireland (now pen pals) and I loved the fact that Donald Trump was in Warsaw at the same time as me.”
The camp is supported by UEFA and is in its second year, with the first taking place in Dublin in 2016.
For anyone interested in finding out more about Amputee Football in Scotland see the website below
www.amputeefootballscotland.co.uk or the next training session is:
Petershill Sports Complex, Springburn
Sunday 30th July