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3 December 2018

Jordan credits coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust for helping him to increase his confidence and self-esteem.

  • Upper-limb amputee Jordan represented Latics at #EFLSeasonLaunch.
  • He plays for the club’s disability football team and England Amputees. 
  • Over 600 people are part of the Every Player Counts disability scheme.

For Latics fan and disability team goalkeeper Jordan Doyle it has been a whirlwind 18 months…

The 16-year-old, an upper limb amputee, represented Latics at the launch of the new 2018/19 EFL season at Notts County Football Club in July, joining members from all of the league’s teams to highlight a strand of EFL work and to showcase the breadth and depth of the competition.

He first became involved with the club through the Community Trust’s Every Player Counts disability sports project, where he attended sessions at Wigan Youth Zone, before increasing his confidence levels each week thanks to support from the Trust’s coaches.

Now a regular in goal for Latics in the Greater Manchester Ability Counts Football League, Jordan’s impressive performances caught the eye of representatives from the England Amputees Football Association, and he was later named in his country’s squad.

As part of #EFLDayofDisabilities, he said: “I first started as an outfield player growing up however I never used to get game time, so when I joined the Community Trust’s sessions they suggested that I had a go in goal and I haven’t looked back since, I love playing there.

“I struggled at first because I didn’t think I could do it, but I got introduced to other people with different disabilities by the staff at the Trust and this built my confidence up.

“I’m now a much happier person so what I’d say to anyone with a disability is to never let it stop you from doing anything because you can still achieve so much.”

Jordan has also competed for Latics at a national Premier League Kicks tournament in Manchester, playing against able-bodied youngsters from Premier League and EFL teams.

“I never thought I’d be playing competitively against people without disabilities, but I felt confident to do so thanks to the belief shown in me by Latics.

“I kept three clean sheets out of seven which I was really happy about and just being involved in the event was a proud moment for me because I never thought something like that would happen.”

The Trust’s Every Player Counts scheme, funded by the Wembley National Stadium Trust and administered by EFL Trust, aims to get more people across Wigan Borough involved in football and sport, with over 600 individuals currently involved in the programme.

“The sessions are really good and I’ve made lots of new friends. We’re not the best team but we have a fun time together and just enjoy playing football and representing Latics.

“I want to thank coaches Joe (Pym) and Sean (Rowlinson) for giving me the chance to play, and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be representing my country now so I owe them a lot.”

Please email or call 01942 318090 for more information about the Every Player Counts programme.

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through Together.

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