GB call up for Dooley’s boys

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FOUR players from the Sheffield-based Derek Dooley Football Academy (DDFA) have been named in the Great Britain Amputee Team for a tournament in the United Arab Emirates next month.

Tom Jordan, Lee Wolfenden, Jamie Tresagkiss and Michael Weston will attend the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Games, which starts on December 1 and ends nine days later.

Jordan, who is captain of the DDFA team, said: “It’s an honour to be asked to represent your country and my colleagues and I will be keen to make a key contribution to the GB team. We want to show that the Derek Dooley Football Academy is helping to support and produce players who can go on to gain international recognition.”

DDFA chairman Tony Barrington commented: “The DDFA was set up as a lasting tribute to Derek Dooley, with the aim of providing amputees with the opportunity to play football and hopefully go on to represent their country. We are delighted to help the national team. We’ve received some fantastic support from Goals Soccer Centre, Baldwin’s Omega and Sheffield & Hallamshire FA.”