A talented young footballer supported by Affinity Supporting People – part of the Springhill Care Group – is training hard to score success.
Jonathan, 22, has been playing for East Lancs Rangers (ELR) for more than six months, training each week with his friend Ryan, who also receives support from Affinity.
So far this season the team has won five of eight games and are fourth in the league, and Jonathan hopes to once again win the championship title.
He explained: “We currently hold the championship title and hope to win again this year. When we won my team got a very big trophy and each player got a medal. We are training really hard to win this again so we can keep our trophy.
“In the future I would like to arrange and manage an Affinity football team and organize a charity football match for Affinity and other teams in the area. The charity I would like to collect for is Mencap which gives support to people with learning difficulties.”
Jonathan has already raised £200 for Mencap through various charity events.
Affinity Supporting People places great emphasis on enabling the people it supports to take part in the activities they love.
Stephen Penketh, registered manager at Affinity, said: “I think it is a great opportunity for both Jonathan and Ryan to develop their skills in football. The group has worked hard to win the league last season and with the drive and enthusiasm that these guys have I am sure they will put 100 per cent into the future of the team.
“It is also great to see Jonathan wanting to take a further lead and organise some events with the outcome being donations to a fantastic charity such as Mencap. A huge thank you is owed to the organisers and people who help to facilitate these events.”
Affinity Supporting People provides person-centred support for individuals with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and acquired brain injuries, enabling them to live independently however complex their needs.