Thomas’ football dream is still alive and kicking

A YOUNG footballing star’s dream to represent his country at this summer’s Paralympic Games is still alive.

Footballer Thomas Brown has been selected for the reserve list for the Cerebral Palsy Scotland football team to take part in the games in London in August and September.

The 16-year-old is the youngest ever player to represent the Scotland Cerebral Palsy side at senior level.

And if any of the squad selected pick up injuries or are unable to compete for any other reasons, Thomas could get the call to play.

Thomas, of Lynton Grove, Corby, was promoted to the senior squad in January 2011 and immediately impressed, leading to a call-up for the Cerebral Palsy World Cup in Holland last May.

He scored his first international goal in a game against Brazil – and all of this was just two months after the Uppingham Community College student made his full debut against Ireland in Dublin.

Thomas may not have been selected for the first team squad, but his mum Catrina is still extremely proud of what he has achieved.

She said: “There is still a chance he might play and he has got to keep up his programme. He is training as normal.

“It is amazing. I can’t believe how much he has achieved in two years. Everyone is saying how well he has done – he’s playing in the same team as men.

“He has just started playing for the West Midlands disability team and has also had support from Asda Sporting Chance, so he has still got a lot on his plate.

“Not a lot of kids have had the chances he’s had.”

Scotland’s national cerebral palsy football team was formed in 2006 in a joint venture by the Scottish FA and Scottish Disability Sport.

The 2012 Paralympic Games will be the 14th Paralympics and will take place in London between August 29 and September 9, after the completion of the Olympic Games.

Football at the games includes a five-a-side and a seven-a-side competition.