Brave Dean in­spires new gen­er­a­tion

Foot­ball coach­ing role

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

An in­spi­ra­tional Castlemilk teenager is us­ing his skills to help dis­abled c h i l d ren en­joy foot­ball.

Dean Thorn­ton, 17, suf­fers from cere­bral palsy and eplipesy and doc­tors ini­tially thought that he would have no qual­ity of life and would never be able to walk.

But brave Dean has proved that prog­no­sis wrong and is now a coach for Frame Foot­ball, a pro­ject run by Partick This­tle FC for chil­dren with pae­di­atric walk­ing frames.

Frame Foot­ball takes place ev­ery week at the Firhill Com­plex near This­tle’s home ground.

Castlemilk High pupil Dean was only too happy to of­fer his own ser­vices when he found out about he pro­ject.

His mum, Ellen said: “It ac­tu­ally came about by me fol­low­ing them on Twit­ter.

“They sent me a mes­sage say­ing thank you and I got back telling them it was a cause close to my heart.

“I ex­plained that Dean had cere­bral palsy and wanted to do sports coach­ing with dis­abled kids when he leaves school.

“They were only too happy to help. He’s been do­ing it four weeks now and ab­so­lutely loves it.

“The kids are so in­spi­ra­tional.

“Frame foot­ball is pretty new but they have kids of all ages from three to 16 as long as they use a frame to walk.

“Dean used one when he was younger but doesn’t need it now.

“He’s never done any coach­ing be­fore but he’s re­ally en­joy­ing it.

“They have wel­comed him with open arms.”

Dean, of Stra­vanan Road, pre­vi­ously played for the Scot­tish cere­bral palsy foot­ball team and his ex­pe­ri­ence is prov­ing a real boost for the play­ers.

A for­mer pupil at Miller Pri­mary, Dean even had the hon­our of car­ry­ing the Com­mon­wealth Ba­ton dur­ing the Queen’s Re­lay in 2014.

Ellen said: “He is do­ing well.

“He still has his strug­gles and has good days and bad days but on the whole he’s do­ing well.”

Partick This­tle were the first club in Scot­land to in­tro­duce frame foot­ball for boys and girls who have a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity and need a frame to walk.

The pro­gramme is car­ried out by the Partick This­tle Com­mu­nity Trust ev­ery Sun­day at Firhill Com­plex from 10–11am.

Go to­mu­nity. ptfc. co. uk/ ac­tiv­i­ties/ frame_ foot­ball for more in­for­ma­tion.

They have wel­comed him with open arms

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