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John Barnes And Portsmouth Amputee FC Team Up

After England and Liverpool FC legend John Barnes spent the day playing football with Portsmouth Amputee FC, he was in no doubt as to the quality of their talent and the need to show support for inclusive sport for all.

Before England's disappointing display at Euro 2016, one of their most famous players looked back on his career, sharing stories and advice, in-between showing that he still hasn’t lost the magic displayed during his playing days.  

Don’t Quit, Do It

Our message is simple – Don’t Quit, Do It. We want people with a disability to have the same opportunities to experience and enjoy sport.  

John Barnes was amazed by the ability and skill of the amputee footballers and was delighted to see their togetherness as a team. He fully backs our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign.

Amputee Football’s Coming Home

Throughout the day John Barnes and the Pompey players talked football and the left wingers own history in a three lions shirt.

This led to a discussion about John’s goals for his country and the amputee footballers were delighted when he proposed, with their help, recreating one of his strikes for England.

They chose a goal against Poland in 1989 which involved some lovely build up and a crisp volley in the corner from John Barnes. Check it out here:

Barnes Is Put On the Spot

Euro 2016 may not go down as a classic but there was still a fair share of drama, including the joy and despair that comes with a penalty shoot-out.

If the hopes and dreams of a nation being decided by a kick from 12 yards is a bit too much to think about then enjoy this lighthearted competition.

A signed John Barnes shirt

Congratulations to Debbie Clapham, the winner of our John Barnes signed England shirt. The correct answer was 'C'. 

As part of our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign we’re sponsoring Portsmouth Amputee FC to help them with equipment and more importantly to increase awareness of the role sport can play in rehabilitation after someone suffers a serious injury. 

Find out more about our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign.

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