A ENGLAND deaf footballer who needs to raise £1,000 to lead his country out at this summer’s Deaf World Cup in Crete hit the back of the net with a fund-raising event at The Valley.
The Vale destination threw its weight behind local Jamie Clarke’s dream of representing the Three Lions at the tournament which will be held in Crete.
Despite having an annual turnover of more than £350million each year, the FA will not be funding the squad’s bid for glory so players including team skipper Jamie are having to raise the cash needed to take to the field.
The cash will cover travel and accommodation and as part of Jamie’s efforts, The Valley teamed-up with Pavers Shoes where his sister Natalie works to host a ‘meet and greet’ event to help reach his target.
Phil Maclean, senior marketing manager at The Valley, said: “We are all proud of Jamie’s achievement by captaining the English Deaf football team and were, of course, happy to support his dream of playing in the Deaf World Cup this summer.
“We’ve been busy spreading the word amongst our generous shoppers both at last Thursday’s event and across our social media channels”.
Visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jamieclarke for more on Jamie’s quest for a place at the World Cup.