James Blackwell

James has been playing football for as long as he can remember. Playing in a County League match against London 2012 Paralympian Ibs Diallo first sparked his interest in the sport, so he enquired about football 7-a-side and after a scout saw him play he went straight into the senior squad.

As a youngster, James represented the South West of England team against the youth teams of Arsenal, Coventry, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff. He has also enjoyed various league and cup wins.

Career highlights include his involvement in the 2014 CPISRA European Championships in Maia, Portugal and the 2015 Cerebral Palsy World Championships where England gained its highest ranking of 5th place, securing Paralympic qualification at the latter tournament.

He has returned to the game after breaking his neck in August 2015.

Away from the pitch, James enjoys spending time with his wife and baby boy Charlie.

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