R82 UK, specialist suppliers of adaptive solutions for disabled children and young adults, are donating eight Crocodile Walking Aids across the summer months to young Frame Football players. Many of the children use crutches on a daily basis but a wheeled walking frame when they play. The sport was established in Coventry by amateur football coach, Richard Seedhouse, with clubs now opening throughout the country. R82 hopes by supporting the activity, it can raise awareness of this fun and inclusive sport and encourage other children to become involved with local clubs.
Reid, lives in Stapleford, Nottingham, with parents Jaime and Daniel and older brother Evan, 11. A massive Derby County fan like his Great-Grandfather, Reid has played football since the age of three but recently left his local “able bodied” club after struggling with his pace. He began playing Frame Football at the Coventry club nearly two years ago and has since moved to a newly established one, Hucknall Rolls Royce, on home turf in Nottingham.
Reid’s Cerebral Palsy affects his mobility due to weakness in his legs. Having undergone an operation to lengthen his hamstrings at Derby Royal Hospital, Reid is able to walk using sticks on a daily basis with a walker for activities requiring more physical exertion. Reid’s father, Daniel, comments: “At some point in the future, Reid may need to have further operations. It is really important that we help and encourage him to stay as fit and mobile as possible. Ultimately this gives him so much independence. We have daily exercises and Reid goes out on his trike which is great for building muscles and strengthening his legs. Of course he loves being on the Xbox and reading as well but Frame Football has been an amazing opportunity for him to meet children with similar experiences and play footie at the same time.”