Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month 2020, March 2nd
Joseph is 13-years-old and is football mad! Joseph has Right Sided Hemiplegia, which means that the right side of his body is affected by Cerebral Palsy.
Joseph is energetic and sporty. He loves playing football and he plays for a CP team. He is also on the England pathway to play for the England CP team! Joseph loves to challenge himself by doing freestyle tricks. As Joseph's Cerebral Palsy is mild, people can often think that 'he doesn't look disabled', but Joseph has to work really hard to achieve his goals.
Joseph says, "I hate it when people make comments because they don't really understand - I wish they would just ask me and I would tell them".
In the future, Joseph would like to play for CP England and to reach out to others in a positive way through social media.
Joseph said that if he could change one thing it would be people's understanding that everyone is different and CP effects people in different ways.
Things that are important to Joseph are:
- Playing football
- The amazing opportunities that come through playing CP football
Joseph says, "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. Life is like a football match, so keep your eyes on the goal and always give it your best shot!"