James Blackwell was a successful youth footballer who played for the West of England. He also had a secret, which he hid from everyone – including his fiancee.

“Football was my disguise.”

Then the opportunity to represent his country came along. But to do that, he had to accept who he really is.

“To achieve my dream of playing for England,” says James, “I had to be honest about myself.

“Before that, football was my disguise. Even my fiancée never knew that I was born with cerebral palsy.

“People now look at me very differently.”

Find out how discovering disability football changed James’s life, and helped him realise his dreams:


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