Participants at one of Albion in the Community’s inclusive football sessions for people with a disability got an unexpected surprise when Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Solly March joined them for the latest BT Sport film.
Solly headed down to catch up with nine-year old Chase Wells who has cerebral palsy and who was once told he may never be able to walk without assistance.
The film, which premieres during Premier League Tonight on Saturday 28 April follows Chase’s story and how despite requiring a frame when walking, the nine-year-old now plays football and participates in football sessions without one.
His love of the game and Brighton & Hove Albion has led to Chase becoming a budding coach at the sessions, giving inspiring team-talks and becoming a part of the FA talent programme run by the charity.
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. At Albion in the Community, the Premier League and BT funding meant the charity could employ two additional full-time coaches to work within its existing disability team, which currently delivers 31 different sessions throughout Sussex.