Sean Jackson, a talented island footballer, has made the 13-man England squad for the 2021 Amputee Euros which kick off in Poland this week.
Sean, who is 20, has been sponsored by Dandara for much of the last two years, headed out to Krakow this week ready for the tournament which runs for a week from September 12. This followed a high intensity five-day training camp at Reaseheath College, Nantwich, which featured tactical and physical sessions led by Head Coach Owen Coyle jnr. The team play their first group match against Greece today, followed by a match against France on September 15 before the knockout rounds begin.
Sean, the 2018 Isle of Man Disability Sportsperson of the Year, is currently in the second year of a Football Coaching and Management degree at Etihad Campus University in Manchester. He previously played locally for Laxey, Marown and St Georges. Restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic meant a frustrating 12 months for the player who was only able to return to training with the Manchester City’s ‘City in the Community’ amputee squad in mid-May.
Sean said: ‘After all the disruption it’s really exciting, after over two years of preparation and training, to be at the tournament. I would like to say a massive thanks to my sponsors – Dandara, Isle of Man Sports Aid and Nedgroup Investments for their continued support. International amputee football is run as a charity with players and coaches self-funding, so sponsorship is vital to the squad’s progression.’
Sean will be posting regular updates on his Facebook Page ‘Sean Jackson Amputee Football’ and the games will also be streamed live on the European amputee football webpage www.ampeuro.eu.
Dandara Marketing Manager, Angela Beresford, added: ‘It’s a delight to support Sean – his dedication and determination to keep fit over recent months has been especially rewarding to see. He’s a fine ambassador for young people and the Isle of Man and we wish him and the whole squad every success at the tournament.’