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Teen to live the football dream after this donation

PUBLISHED: 15:53 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 10 October 2018

Edward Boca will now be pplaying in one of the highest levels of wheelchair football. Picture: Caudwell Children

Edward Boca will now be pplaying in one of the highest levels of wheelchair football. Picture: Caudwell Children

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A teenager has been gifted a wheelchair worth more than £8,000 so he can progress in the world of wheelchair football.

Norwich City Powerchair Football Club. Picture: Mike ColemanNorwich City Powerchair Football Club. Picture: Mike Coleman

Edward Boca, from Great Yarmouth, plays wheelchair football in goal for Norwich City Powerchair Football Club.

The 17-year-old started the sport when his mother, Dorinela Boca, 42, worried that her son was becoming isolated when he was diagnosed with Spinal muscular atrophy type 2 aged nine.

The condition affects the East Norfolk Sixth Form College student’s muscles leaving him with little movement in his arms and legs.

Mr Boca relied on borrowing a spare specialist wheelchair the club had to play.

Norwich City Powerchair Football Club. Picture: Mike ColemanNorwich City Powerchair Football Club. Picture: Mike Coleman

This made it difficult to play regularly as the chair had to be shared with teammates.

But buying his own was a financial issue.

Ms Boca said: “The Strike Force sports wheelchair that was ideal for Edward cost an eye watering £8,026.

“There was no-way that I could buy a chair at that price and we had visions of him giving up the game.”

Norwich City Powerchair Football Club. Picture: Mike ColemanNorwich City Powerchair Football Club. Picture: Mike Coleman

That is when Caudwell Children, a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, was able to step in and help the family.

Now Mr Boca, and his Norwich City teammates, have progressed to the national league and are about to kick-off the new season in the Muscular Dystrophy UK Championship.

He said: “Using a borrowed chair was far from ideal and I desperately needed a purpose built chair in order to develop my game.

“The wheelchair that Caudwell Children supplied me will have a huge impact on my game.

“It will allow me better balance, give me the ability to get across the goal quickly, and allow me to save more shots.

“Importantly, it will help me to become a better player.”

The teenager hopes to go to university to study law.

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