Sean Jackson, a talented Island footballer, is in the 13-man England squad for the 2021 Amputee Euros which kick off in Poland this week.
20-year-old amputee Sean, who has been sponsored by award-winning homebuilder Dandara for nearly two years now, headed out to Krakow, Poland this week ready for the tournament which runs from 12th–19th September, following a high intensity five-day training camp at Reaseheath College, Nantwich, which featured tactical and physical sessions led by Head Coach Owen Coyle jnr and his team of coaches.
The team play their first group match against Greece today (13th September), followed by a match against France on 15th September before the knockout rounds begin.
Jackson, 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 explained: ‘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.
As well as a rigorous training schedule, Sean has also recently featured in a television advertisement for Sure’s WATCH ME MOVE campaign to empower those who are self conscious to overcome their doubts and participate in a sport (www.suredeodorant.co.uk/watchmemove). He has also filmed with British freestyle football duo and the world’s largest influencers in football The F2, and will appear in one of their Youtube videos very soon.
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.’