Derby Grammar School Sixth Former, Freddie Lamb, is counting down the days. He’s been selected for the England CP U21 football team who are playing in the IFCPF European Para Youth Games in Italy. The team travels to Genoa on October 9th.

Freddie has cerebral palsy, but this certainly doesn’t stop him demonstrating incredible talent on the football pitch. His journey began when he played for Melbourne United Football Club.

From there he progressed to the Derby County Community Trust Player Development Centre, a programme that provides a higher level coaching opportunity for players that show signs of talent in grassroots club or school settings. From there he was selected to join the East Midlands programme.

While part of this programme he regularly trained at Lilleshall and St George’s Park, as part of the U19 team, and from there moving up to the U21 team. Last season Freddie was Derbyshire County FA’s Disability Player of the Year

On being selected for the Para Youth Games squad, Freddie said: “I was so excited to get the news that I was part of the squad – and it was such a huge relief after all of the training and selection days.

Being part of the FA development programme has really helped me grow in confidence and has developed a maturity in my approach to games. I’m not just learning skills, I’m learning about myself as a player.”

Chris Whitworth, Head of PE and Sport at Derby Grammar School said: “the School is overjoyed for Freddie and incredibly proud of his achievements. He is a real sportsman, being a key player in the school hockey team and a regular in the school cricket team, as a bowler. The bravery he shows on the rugby pitch will stand him in good stead for the Youth Games England team.’​”

The International Federation of Cerebral Palsy European Para Youth Games take place between October 9 and 15.