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Sean’s Story

When Sean first started attending Burnley FC in the Community’s Limitless Clarets sessions, he was reserved and lacked confidence due to his deafness and visual impairment.

Over time, Sean has increasingly joined more of our Limitless Clarets and Premier League Kicks sessions, fostering friendships, engaging in activities, and boosting his confidence along the way. Starting from attending our casual Friday Football Sessions, he has progressed to proudly representing Burnley FC in the Community at the Premier League Disability Football Festival!

Attending the Limitless Clarets sessions has been transformative for Sean, providing a judgment-free environment where he can truly be himself. Playing football helps him relax and create strong friendships both within his school community and beyond.

This year, Sean was also a part of our Match of the Day Feature where he met Burnley Football Club players Jack Cork, Josh Cullen, Johann Gudmundsson and Dara O’Shea. Sean was given the opportunity to ask the players questions about themselves and at the end of the session received a bag full of Premier League Kicks goodies!

Most recently, Sean has just joined our new youth social group ‘Common Ground’, which will give him the opportunity to try new activities and make even more new friendships.

Caitlin Walker, Premier League Kicks Officer, reflected on Sean’s journey: “Sean was one of the first participants I met over four years ago. Witnessing his growth in football skills, passion, and ability to connect with peers has been truly inspiring.”

Sean’s parent also told us, “Sean’s confidence has soared since joining The Leisure Box. He adores football, and the opportunities he’s had here have been incredible.”

We would like to say a huge thank you to Sean for being part of our programmes and for consistently sharing his positivity with everyone at our sessions.

If you know a young person who would benefit from taking part in our Premier League Kicks and Limitless Clarets sessions, please visit the webpage below and come and be part of our story: