Blind footballing Paralympian Dave Clarke is heading to Lancashire to help inspire the county’s youngsters.
Clarke, who has scored 130 goals for England and captained the Great Britain blind football team at the Paralympics, will be joining hundreds of young people next month at the Lancashire’s ‘Celebrate Youth’ event.
Originally from Hindley, near Wigan, the soccer ace has taken part in five-a-side blind football at the highest level.
He has appeared at five world championships and six European championships, winning five silver medals and three Golden Boot awards.
But his sporting achievements aren’t confined to football. In 1996, he was a member of the Great Britain goalball team at the Atlanta Paralympics.
Lancashire’s ‘Celebrate Youth’ event is being organised by Lancashire County Council’s Young People’s Service and will see six young people honoured in a range of categories including Improving Lives and Community Engagement
The awards and prizes will be presented on the evening by a host of celebrities and VIPs. There will also be an overall Pinnacle Award winner on the night.
It is taking place on the evening of Monday, February 18, at Park Hall, Charnock Richard, Chorley.
Dave Clarke said:“The energy and enthusiasm displayed by the country’s youth never ceases to amaze me and their power to influence and inspire those around them is second to none.
“I am so very proud to have been asked to present the beyond barriers award on the evening.”
Lancashire’s Cabinet Member for Young People, County Councillor Mark Perks, said:
“Dave’s sporting achievements are truly magnificent. I can’t think of anyone better to present the ‘Beyond Barriers’ award.
“These awards will pay tribute to the contribution young people make in their community. As I travel around Lancashire, I meet thousands of young people who are making a real and positive difference. Whether they’re receiving an award or not, I’d like to thank all of those young people who give up their time to help or inspire others.”