Watch inspirational Notts amputee footballer showcasing his skills on one leg

A Nottingham-born footballer stars in a video showing his dazzling skills with one leg as he bids to start up the city’s first club for amputees.

Ben Houghton plays for Peterborough United and the GB Amputee Football Team but currently has to travel more than 50 miles in order to play as there is not an equivalent team in Nottingham.

To kick start the sport in Nottingham the City of Football scheme is holding a free taster session for all amputees and people born with a limb deficiency later this month.

Ben also features in the YouTube video performing kick-ups, shots and even Cruyff turns using one leg and crutches – showing what can be done to those new to the sport.

Ben was born with the disability and had his foot amputated at a young age. He said: “There is no amputee football in Nottingham so I have to do a lot of travelling, I want to make the sport bigger in the area.

“The taster session is a chance for people to try it out and get involved in amputee football, there’s no pressure.”

Ben in action for Peterborough United.
Ben in action for Peterborough United.

Ben, who plays as a striker, added: “The aim is to get a team up and running in Nottingham and take it to a professional level.

“I was 13 when I came across amputee football just searching on the internet but there has been an increase in coverage and popularity in recent years, now there are teams all over the country.”

The taster session will be held on Sunday, October 30 at the Nottingham Football Centres, West Bridgford, NG2 7BW from 2-4pm, all ages and genders are welcome.

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