The latest short film featuring the work of the BT and Premier League Disability Programme showcases the journey of Jack James, who takes part in Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust disability sessions.
Jack, who is 13 years old and has a hearing and visual impairment, plays for local side Everett Rovers inclusive football team and is a Watford FC season ticket holder.
Since attending the sessions run by Watford CSE Trust, Jack has been involved in representing Watford FC against Arsenal FC, Manchester City FC, Norwich City FC and West Ham United.
At a recent FA Talent Hub programme for physical disabilities, Jack was successfully chosen to attend its latest Talent Hub – which is the pathway to having the opportunity to play for England squads in the future.
The film, which premieres during Premier League Tonight on February 24th, sees Jack discuss the positive impact that taking part in the programme has had on both his social skills and confidence.
It also features Heurelho Gomes, Watford’s first-team goalkeeper who speaks about his experience of being involved with the disability project.
The award-winning BT Sport Films team is producing and broadcasting short films on individuals and storylines involved in the Premier League and BT Disability programme, raising the profile of the project and the clubs’ broader inclusion work to millions of people. Following an independent funding application assessment process, successful Premier League clubs will employ a dedicated Disability Officer responsible for co-ordinating the programme and promoting inclusion. Disability Officers will work with local agencies to amplify existing work and deliver programmes that engage disabled people through sport. Sport will be used to provide a range of opportunities such as volunteering, education, employability, and apprenticeships.