An Edmonton teenager revealed that he felt like a “pro” after taking part in a special football match for visually impaired children at Chelsea FC.
Theo Sergiou, 13, from Edmonton, took part in the pan-disability match that was organised by Chelsea FC foundation and Blind Children UK.
The match was part of a campaign to help raise awareness of challenges faced by children with visual impairments.
Theo said: “Sometimes my vision impairment can make me feel a bit different to other children, but this wasn’t the case at the training session at Chelsea. We all had a really good time and were made to feel like pros."
Theo’s uncle, Andreas Coudounas, added: “It was such a great experience, even for me - and I wasn’t taking part. The coaches were fantastic and Andy Rose in particular was inspirational.”
The match used a specially designed football which had a bell inside to help players locate it by sound.
Lord Chris Holmes, Paralympian and ambassador for Blind Children UK, said: “Sight loss can leave children feeling isolated and afraid – I know this from personal experience. Blind Children UK helps gives children the skills, confidence and support to enable them to enjoy their childhood and reach their full potential.”