A local footballer is hoping to represent the England Amputee Football team at a major tournament in Poland later this year with support from the Dandara Group.
19-year-old Sean Jackson who was last year’s Isle of Man Disability Sportsperson of the Year has been selected for the Provisional England squad who will attend the European Cup Finals, held by the European Amputee Football Federation (EAFF), which takes place in September.
Sean currently plays for Manchester City’s City in the Community Amputee team, which is one of the most successful in the country, winning this seasons EAFA pre-season cup and hopes to win the Irwin Mitchell Amputee League this season.
He will also represent England’s Under 21s in France and Turkey in April, and will take part in the EAFF Champions League in Poland in May. Sean must raise £1,500 to attend; Dandara contributed two thirds of the cost, with the balance provided through an Isle of Man Sports Aid grant.
Having played locally for Laxey, Marown and St Georges, and winning the Sure Sports Leader of the year award, he is now studying a BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management degree at UCFB Etihad Campus University in Manchester, and recently featured in a televised BT Halo advert.
Sean’s Dad, Adrian Jackson, who works at Dandara revealed the news of Dandara’s support at Christmas. Sean said:
It was a great surprise when my dad showed me the email from Dandara on Christmas Day, confirming they will be sponsoring me. It will help enormously to hopefully get me and the team to Poland later this year for the European Cup Finals and it is very much appreciated.
Being involved with the England set up is incredible and I have a few training camps coming up in preparation for the big tournament, which we should do well at. I regularly update my social media accounts which can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!
Dandara Marketing Manager, Angela Beresford, commented:
Whilst our sponsorships usually centre around community events and initiatives we were keen to show our support for Sean; he is a very talented, dedicated and inspirational young man. We wish Sean and the England team all the best at these prestigious events and look forward to hearing the results coming through.