Team GB Paralympics football team captain visits borough schools

James Harrison

The captain of the Team GB Paralympics football team has completed a tour of Royal Borough schools.

Jack Rutter, who led the cerebral palsy seven-a-side squad at the Games in Rio this summer, spent last week visiting schools in Maidenhead and Cookham.

Rutter, who was signed to Birmingham City FC before an unprovoked attack left him with a brain injury and ended his fledgling career, made the trip to 10 schools to speak about his experiences and lead coaching sessions.

Starting at Alwyn Infant School, in Mulberry Walk, on Monday, October 10, he also took in Cookham Rise Primary School, Riverside Primary School, Bisham Primary School and others, before finishing at Newlands Girls’ School on Wednesday, October 12.

Emma Fitzgerald, partnership development manager for Ascot and Maidenhead School Sport Partnership, said: “It’s brilliant for the partnership to be able to bring elite athletes to meet and inspire pupils and staff in their own schools.

“Jack’s story is so inspirational, and I really do think we have managed to raise awareness about disability football and sport in general.

“I hope we have inspired a generation to maintain the excitement of London 2012, and Rio to keep being active in the future.”

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