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Inspiring Grange Park pupil on a mission to play for the England Blind Football Team

Grange Park Primary School pupil Mikey Poullis has been a lifelong football fan and talented player. When his sight began to deteriorate at the age of seven, he was determined that wouldn’t stand in his way.

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Grange Park Primary School pupil Mikey Poullis has been a lifelong football fan and talented player. When his sight began to deteriorate at the age of seven, he was determined that wouldn’t stand in his way. He is now part of the Disability Pathway for the Football Association, with dreams of playing for England.

With the support of his family, as well as his friends and teachers at Grange Park Primary School, he continued to build his skills. He was soon scouted by an England coach to be part of the Disability Pathway for the Football Association and is now pursuing his dream to play professionally for the England Blind Football Team.

Mikey has led a series of school assemblies to different year groups on the theme ‘never give up on your dreams’, sharing his experience on losing his eyesight but still persevering with his goal of being a footballer. He explained how adaptations to the game enabled him to carry on playing. Mikey’s fellow pupils were captivated and inspired by his determination and bravery, with cheers at the end of every assembly.

Mikey Poulli said:

 “Playing football is my favourite thing to do in the world, and I’m so proud of everything I’ve achieved so far. It’s great to have my own space to play at school with my friends, which means I’ve been able to teach them some of the tricks I’ve learnt through training. The Euro 2020 was so exciting to watch, and I hope that one day I’ll be playing in a final for England.”

Tijen Hassan, Headteacher at Grange Park Primary School said:

“Mikey is a true inspiration to everyone around him. He continues to show such determination and resilience wherever he goes, and he has helped both the children and adults in our school really appreciate the true meaning of perseverance.

 “At Grange Park Primary School, we want every pupil to have the best opportunities to pursue whatever it is they are passionate about, and it has been great to see Mikey making the most of his talents and really excel. I know we’re all looking forward to seeing what the future holds!”