Harry Macdonald from Ixworth launches a business offering young people with disabilities sporting opportunities
A young man who has followed his football dream despite struggling with visual impairment is launching his own company aimed at enabling young people with disabilities to get into sport.
Harry Macdonald, 18, from Ixworth, has Nystagmus, which causes the eye to flicker and impairs sight.
He now plays for the England Senior Visually Impaired football team and wants to inspire other young people to aim high.
He and partner Amelia Sparks-Shepherd have launched Anyone Can, which will provide the opportunity for anyone with disabilities to enjoy sport. They are holding a taster day on May 27 at Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club with sessions for six to 11-year-olds and 12-18-year-olds. Sessions cost £10.
Harry said he felt there was not enough sport provision for young people with disabilities in this area and it was thanks to Disability4Sport in Colchester that he was able to play the game he loved and get his break.
He is currently studying health and exercise science at Lincoln University after studying sports coaching at West Suffolk College, where he met Amelia.
He said: “I think for a lot of people with disabilities sport is a kind of relief, especially if they have not had that opportunity.
“It was a big deal I wanted to prove to people that I’m in this programme with a disability and that can help as they can see if I can do it so can they.”
He added: “I suppose I’ve worked harder to prove people wrong. Colchester was great as you were with people who were similar and non judgmental and you can socialise while playing a sport you love.”
Taster sessions will feature handball, rounders, football, tag rugby, badmin-cricket and boccia.
People can email in advance of the day at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Facebook page anyonecansports