A deaf boy from Lancaster has been chosen to be an escort for the England versus Scotland football match, which takes place at Wembley Stadium tomorrow, Wednesday, August 14.
Damian Galt, 10, will be one of 11 children to lead England players onto the football pitch during the spectacular event, which is expected to feature football stars such as Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.
Football has been very important to Damian – helping him to build his confidence and self-esteem.
Being a professional goalkeeper is Damian’s ultimate dream. The youngster currently plays for the Morecombe Deaf Friendly Football Club in Lancaster, which is supported by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), the leading charity dedicated to breaking down barriers for deaf children and young people.
Damian said: “I can’t wait to go to Wembley and have the chance to walk on to the pitch and feel the roar of the crowd.
“I love playing football for Forton Primary School as well as for the Morecambe Deaf Friendly FC, as I can play with my deaf friends there.
“I would really like to walk out with Joe Hart or Theo Walcott, who are my favourite footballers, but the chance to meet England players is really great.”
Thomas Lyons, Inclusive Activities Officer at NDCS, said: “We’d like to congratulate Damian on this wonderful achievement and we hope the day will inspire as many people as possible to make a positive change for children with hearing loss.
“Deaf children can often be excluded from sport, because sport clubs don’t know how to support them – a barrier that can be easily overcome. “Deafness shouldn’t stop children from playing sport and with the right support, as Damian shows, deaf children can achieve as much as other children.”
Damian has been selected to be England’s escort as part of a competition run by the McDonalds Kickstart grassroot programme.
In addition to walking out with an England player before the match starts, Damian will watch England team’s warm-up and will practise walking on the pitch.