Arlo’s story

Arlo used to play FIFA on his Xbox and dream of playing football in real life. Now he plays regularly as part of one of our powerchair teams.

Arlo, nine, has cerebral palsy and is dependent on powered mobility as he cannot walk. His mum, Ruby, was desperate to give Arlo the opportunity to play football and started bringing him along to our disability football sessions.

Arlo enjoyed taking part, but he still felt at a disadvantage because his NHS chair just was not suited to playing sport. With our support, Arlo was able to get a specialist powerchair and he now enjoys all the benefits that regular sport can bring.

Playing powerchair football has helped Arlo learn new skills and make lots of new friends. As he attends a mainstream school, it’s the only time he gets to socialise with other people who use powerchairs.

His mum told us: “It’s opened up a whole new world for him. What is really important is he can take part in meaningful competitive sport, it is not just tokenism.”

Playing powerchair football has also been great for Arlo and his brother’s relationship. Now they can play in the park together with a powerchair ball.

Ruby summed up how important our work is when she said: “Money shouldn’t make the difference between being able to play sport or not, but if you have a disability it does. This shouldn’t be the case.”

And that is why we need your support.