Blackpool FC Community Trust deliver a PAN Ability programme which is for anyone with a disability or impairment to take part in regular training and potential competitive fixtures/tournaments.
One of the Trust’s PAN Ability participants, Jamie Oakey, who has a limb deficiency, was called up to the England Amputee team U23’s provisional squad training camp in Crewe last month.
Jamie, who is from Blackpool, said he enjoyed the experience and looks to build on what was a fantastic achievement. Jamie said, “The weekend was a lot harder than I expected but I felt as though I had made that step further to my future in the game and with the team. The training was really good, better than it has been and there were lots more people around to help if I had any questions about nutrition, my body or my performance. I enjoyed it much more and can’t wait to again.”
The Trust’s Inclusion Officer Dave Maclean, who is also the assistant manager for England Amputee team, praised the efforts of Jamie. Dave said, “Jamie has been working hard at the PAN Ability sessions and I’ve witnessed that first hand. His hard work has led to an amazing opportunity to train with some of the best in England. The only way is up from here.”
Blackpool FC Community Trust would like to wish Jamie luck and we will continue to support his development at the weekly PAN Ability training sessions as he pushed to make the final selection for the final 13 player team who will play both Poland and Turkey in an international tournament later this year.
For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust’s PAN Ability programme, visit www.blackpoolfccommunitytrust.co.uk or call 01253 348691.