A 17-YEAR-old football fan hopes to score high when he tries out to be part of the England squad for wheelchair football.
Jake Lear, of Tutbury Road, Burton currently plays for the Nottingham Power Chair Football Club.
Jake, who also coaches wheelchair football, has been playing for around nine years since he lost the use of his legs after being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.
He told the Mail he is excited about the training camp next month which will take place at St George’s Park in Burton as part of the selection process.
He said: “I am excited for it, It is my dream to get in.
“Some of the top players will be there who have more years experience than me.
“I am confident but am up against hard people.
“If I keep playing like I have been there is a good chance of me getting in. I train every Wednesday and coach every Tuesday at St George’s Park.”
Players selected for the squad will be in with a chance of playing in a major powerchair football tournament - the 2015 FIPFA World Cup.
Jake is a student at John Taylor High School in Barton under Needwood, where he is studying a BTEC in sport and business studies.
His mum Lynn told the Mail: “He has played in national and regional games and is a top goal scorer.
“Over the summer holidays he has also taken a FA level one course and a wheelchair football coaching course.
“He will always volunteer for anything to do with football.
“He has coached teams in Northampton and the St George’s Knights at Burton.”
She added: “A new club has just been set up in Burton and we are need more players.”
Last year Jake went to London to watch the paralymic games as part of a trip organised by charity Muscle Help Foundation
For more information on Nottinghamshire Powerchair Football Club, contact Mrs Lear, the club’s secretary, on 07985 203377.