Ismail has a condition called Infantile Onset Pompe disease which means there is an Enzyme missing in his body and this results in muscle and heart failure. He has no walking mobility. He is a full-time student, requires 24/7 care and lives with his parents.
Ismail loves football and it’s his only social engagement. Not only does he enjoy football as a competitive and physical sport, but it also helps his hand-eye co-ordination and overall fitness. It also has a huge positive psychological benefit, too.
Ismail, a passionate Liverpool supporter, loves to play and watch football. He’s played for his local side Bolton Bullets for 8 years. Ismail contacted the RGF because his old wheelchair was not up to the standard required to enable him to play football competitively and this seriously affected his ability to participate and enjoy playing.
The RGF grant provided Ismail with some of the funding needed to purchase his new Strike Force Sports Wheelchair.
Your support has made a difference…
Ismail said: “The RGF is a fantastic organisation that recognises the importance sport has, not only from a physical perspective, but for me, also my mental wellbeing. Without the support of the RGF and other generous charities, I would not be able to participate in the sport I love and my live, quite simply, would not be the same. I am very aware that the RGF has helped many other young people out there and I can’t thank them enough.”
In the short term, Ismail is now looking to score more goals and become the league’s top scorer and maybe some time in the future represent his country.
Ismail – you’re a star and we wish you every success with your football career. Seeing you in your new Strike Force Sports Wheelchair is an inspiration to us all!