RNC student Harry Gibbons named Player of the Year!

A representative from the partially sighted football league stands on stage shaking Harry’s hand after she has just handed him a large trophy, in the shape of a football boot. In the background there is a table with lots of other trophies and cups on

Massive congratulations go out to RNC student Harry Gibbons, who has been awarded the prestigious honour of England’s partially sighted football player of the year. 18 year old Harry, from Kent, started studying at the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) in Hereford in 2012 and since then has gained Level 3 qualifications in Sport and Recreation as well as Massage and Complementary therapies.

 

“I’m absolutely over the moon” a very excited Harry declared “It feels right to win it in my final year at RNC, it’s as if the last three years have been building up to this.” RNC Sports Academy Coach Adam Bendall added “I’m so proud; Harry has always been a good player but over the last three years I’ve really seen him mature as a person. He is a born leader with the best attitude I’ve ever seen, both on and off the pitch.”

 

The RNC partially sighted football team stand on stage, smiling as they proudly show off their runners up trophies; left to right are James, Gianni, Harry, former RNC employee and student Richard Goodchild, Tom R and Allan

The RNC partially sighted football team pose with their runners up trophies; left to right are James, Gianni, Harry, former RNC employee and student Richard Goodchild, Tom R and Allan

Harry and the RNC team finished as runners up in the Partially Sighted Football League Cup in Swindon on Saturday, having narrowly missed out in a 2-1 final with Birmingham. Harry is also an international star as he represented England in the Partially Sighted European Championships in Italy in December last year, where the team finished in fourth place. RNC Sports Academy Coach Dixie Dean reminisced “When Harry first came here at 16 he was shy and introverted but he always had ability. Developing his football has given him confidence not only in himself but in his studies too. Harry’s worked so hard over the last three years and this award is thoroughly deserved.”

 

The RNC Sports Academy is the first of its kind in the UK which is specifically designed for people with visual impairments, if you’re interested in exploring the options available to you then please give us a call on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk

 

Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC