Ambitious teen's brain injury hasn't deterred his sporting dream

CharlieCharlie Fogarty is playing in the Cerebral Palsy Football World Championship.

The 19-year-old sustained a brain injury four years ago when he was hit by a car and had to learn how to walk, talk, dress, eat and perform basic tasks again. Before his accident he had played for Birmingham City Academy and Northern Ireland and was playing for Milton Keynes Dons. Charlie's worked hard during his rehabilitation sessions and last year he was nominated for the Pride of Birmingham Awards. His overriding ambition during this time was that he would one day represent Great Britain in the Paralympics and his selection for the Northern Ireland squad at the Cerebral Palsy World Championship is a step along this path. The tournament is held until June 29 at St Georges Park in Burton-on-Trent. “Charlie’s severe brain injury and subsequent disabilities led me to want to learn as much as I could about disabled sport,” said dad Mark who is head of youth development at Solihull Moors. “We as a team at Moors have done some qualifications and developed a dynamic disability section ready to play in the Ability Counts League next season.Charlie-family “I recognised that there were so many kids and adults alike out there who love football as much as anyone else and therefore we needed to make it happen for them.” Next season Fogarty is set to play for Solihull Moors in the Birmingham FA’s Ability Counts League (Open Age Group). Click here to read more of Charlie's story.
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