England Amputee Sponsorship
After 11 years of representation under the ‘Great Britain Amputee Football Association’ (GBAF) tag, the time has finally arrived for the nation to move forward, with a return to competitive action as ‘England’ once again.
From here on in, ‘England Amputee Football Association’ EAFA will aim to provide all amputees; people with congenital limb deficiencies and persons with restricted use of limbs, with the opportunity to play football locally, nationally and internationally.
Local footballer Gary Marheinke is one example of how the recently formed charity has helped to ‘make dreams come true’.
No stranger to the international scene, Marheineke, who works as a skills coach across Cambridgeshire for the Football Association, as well as playing and managing Peterborough United amputee team, has represented Great Britain in major European competitions in the past, having played in the World Cup of amputee football back in 2014 when the GB side bowed out in the knockout stages in Mexico.
Fortunately, his hard work has paid off, with Gary selected for the national squad once again, at the forthcoming Poland Amputee FA Invitational Cup and EAFF European Championships 2017, in Turkey.
However, in order to secure his position, the ‘goalkeeper’ needs to raise £1,500 to enable him to attend the forthcoming tournaments. Never one to shy away from offering their assistance, Mick George Ltd has donated £500 to the cause.
Following the eye catching debut of the new England Amputee badge which was proudly worn for the first time in Cardiff last month, prior to the UEFA Champions League Final, the sport continues to grow in popularity, supported by a number of high profile personnel from within the professional game, including Owen Coyle, Giles Barnes, and Jay Fulton.
To help support the athletes, please visit: www.everyclick.com/amputeefootball.
Gary Marheinke said: ‘’Amputee Football is one of the most spectacular and surprising sports around, played at a formidable standard. Thanks to support now offered by UEFA, over thirty countries in five continents participate in the game. I’m extremely grateful to Mick George Ltd for their sponsorship contribution which edges me closer to achieving a personal goal’’.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’As a business we’re particularly engaged with a number of sports based initiatives, from grass roots to professional. The recent Olympics showcased the world of amputee sports in a great light’. It’s something we’re happy to support, especially at a local level. We hope others will follow in our footsteps, to help Gary achieve his targets.’’