Inspirational youngster George Shaw’s moments in the spotlight over the past few months are having a brilliant knock-on effect on his football team Cerebral Palsy United.
A heartwarming video of the Everton-mad nine-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, practicing his dribbling skills went viral in January after his hero Gerard Deulofeu saw it and hailed him ‘amazing’.
George, from Ellesmere Port, was invited to Goodison Park to watch the Toffees in action by Blues winger Deulofeu and scored a dream-come-true half-time goal, which went on to win Everton’s Goal of the Month competition in January with an overwhelming 86% of the fans’ vote.
Now thanks to George’s newfound fame, the North West club he plays for has received some richly deserved attention and new members.
Cerebral Palsy United was established to provide opportunities to play football to anyone who has the condition.
Its training sessions, which are specifically designed for players with cerebral palsy, are open to all, regardless of age, ability or mobility.
The Whitby Heath Primary School pupil, who plays in one of the foundation teams, told Fox Sports how important it is to him to encourage other youngsters to follow their dreams.
He said: “A man in work with my dad, his son has cerebral palsy, and he said to my dad, ‘Have you seen that boy on the pitch at Goodison?’ And my dad said, ‘That’s my son, George.’ Apparently he went into full tears. And now I’ve encouraged that boy, because hopefully that boy will come to CP United.
“He said he’s going to try and get his son here, because his son couldn’t get on a team because of having cerebral palsy.
“But I’ve helped that boy come here, and hopefully he will progress to become a better person than I am today. So that’s a big goal for me.”
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