International Footballer joins Dream Big Sports!
For some people being a professional footballer is a dream they have from being a very young age, a dream that they put their life and soul into achieving. The setbacks and barriers to achieving that dream can happen to the best of us and international amputee footballer Jamie Tregaskiss understands this better than anyone we know.
As a youngster Jamie was an aspiring sports star like many of his friends, he played for local junior football teams regularly and was hopeful of being spotted by one of the big names in English football. That ambition became reality when he was spotted by Manchester City at the age of 13, his boyhood club. He quickly settled in and turned out for the Premier League leaders whilst still at school but unfortunately after a continuous injury kept him on the sidelines he decided to seek further medical attention. It was when he went for a scan six months later that he found out he had bone cancer in his hip, as a result he was left with the choice to either lose his right leg or his life. After dealing with the terrible news and getting himself back on the road to recovery, Jamie made the decision that he wasn’t going to allow this to affect his life or his sports career for that matter.
Jamie sought advice from other amputees which led him to being introduced to amputee football at Manchester City Football Club. After many years of hard work and determination he is now thought of as the ‘world’s best amputee footballer’ as he now regularly takes to the field for the England National Team as well as his club. He has most recently been fortunate enough to play in the European Amputee Football Championship’s reaching the final of the competition. It was here that he faced off against Turkey in front of 40,000 people - an amazing achievement in itself. Unfortunately, England were on the receiving end of a defeat and came home with the silver medal but Jamie is hoping they can go one better when they fly to Mexico for the World Cup later on this year!
After hearing Jamie’s story in the news and on various social media platforms, we decided that there would be no better athlete to have on board with us as an Ambassador at Dream Big Sports. Already we have been lucky enough to visit a local partner primary school with Jamie and the England Amputee Team where we saw first-hand what an inspiration he is to the next generation of young people hoping to be professional sports men and women. We are confident that our partnership with Jamie will have a huge benefit to the local community as we look to provide more inspirational visits across the borough.
In return for Jamie’s commitment to fulfilling this role, as an organisation we will be doing our upmost to help Jamie with his fundraising goals in order for him to secure a place on the plane for this year’s World Cup competition in November. Director Dillan O’Connor said “It may not be common knowledge that there is currently no direct funding to support the National amputee football team. Therefore, all players selected to play for their country are tasked with solely funding their own place at competitions. We feel that as an organisation we are in a very fortunate position of being able to assist Jamie to achieve another one of his lifelong goals with the help of our local community. I don’t know of anyone more deserving of a place at the biggest competition in the world so helping Jamie secure his place is the least we can do. Everyone at Dream Big Sports is absolutely thrilled to have such a huge name with us and we and we can’t wait to get started!”
Keep your eyes peeled and keep checking our social media platforms for updates on future plans with Jamie in your local area!