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Impact Study: Sam Turner

Meet the Sale United Powerchair Footballer

18-year-old Sam Turner recently completed his FA Level 1 coaching qualification at Sale Utd with Cheshire FA.

Sam was born with spinal muscular atrophy type two and is a powerchair user. 

He has been playing powerchair football for eight years and represents Sale Utd in the West Midlands Regional League and the National Premiership. 

Sam said: "I enjoyed the course and learnt lots of new practices that will help me develop as a coach.

"I am assisting my Dad to run my brothers team so I will be able to put some of the knowledge gained into practice." 

Sam is also studying football coaching and management at UCFB in Manchester, and will use the knowledge gained on the course to supplement his academic studies. 

His ambition is to complete more coaching qualifications, coach abroad and to become the first disabled football manager.

Sam’s mum Mandy said: "The course has given Sam extra confidence to go and achieve his ambition to coach.

"He has also met lots of new people which will help him develop a network of contacts for the future."

Cheshire FA Disability Football Development Officer Dan Landstrom said: "This is a great example of how Cheshire FA are providing accessible coach education courses for people in Cheshire. 

"Sam is a great role model for others and this shows regardless of ability or mobility, football is accessible for everyone.

"Hopefully, Sam’s story will inspire more people to undertake football qualifications."

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