If you thought that the English Premiership League was all about goals and glamour, flashbulbs and flashy cars, think again. It's also about hope. Meet Jamie Tregaskiss, a 22-year-old footballer who plays amputee football for Manchester City. Jamie was scouted by City at the age of 10. He was pure talent and a lot of officials believed him to be the next football sensation. But not everything went according to plan for the boy from Manchester.
When Jamie was 13 he sprained both his ankles after a fall in school. But things got worse when he started feeling pain in his left hip. The doctor diagnosed Jamie with Osteosarcoma, an incredibly rare form of cancer. It affects only about 30 children a year. Jamie, unfortunately, was one of them. The talented footballer now had a choice to make. Lose a leg or lose his life. He decided on amputation of his left leg.
“I was about 6-7 years old when I first kicked a ball, I’ve always wanted to be a footballer,” said Jamie to the Irish Times. “When I got diagnosed I was a bit down when you lose your leg you think you’ll never be able to play football again,” he added.
Now 22, Jamie represents Man-City in the Community’s One City disability programme. One of the best talents in amputee football, Jamie has been part of the program for two years now.