Football mad Archie shortlisted at Oldham Sports Awards
Thursday 6th September 2018 @ 12:18 by Mark Phillip

A football fanatic from Dukinfield has been shortlisted in the Disabled Sports Achiever category at this year’s Oldham Sports Awards.

Archie Howarth, 8, has been nominated for his efforts at Chadderton Park Football Club, where he regularly plays frame football.

The event, which is taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday, September 21, is held to celebrate sporting achievement within the borough.

Archie, who suffers from cerebral palsy, will be going head-to-head with other nominees who have also excelled in their given field of sport.

The youngster has also been diagnosed with dystonia, a neurological movement disorder in which sustained or repetitive muscle contractions result in twisting or abnormal fixed postures.

Archie therefore finds it difficult to control muscles in his legs, thus affecting his ability to play normal football.

However, after discovering a new version of the game in the form of frame football, Archie has been given a new lease of life and his passion for the sport has come to the fore.

As well as playing for Chadderton Park, Archie also travels to St George’s Park, Burton – the home of England FC – to compete in tournaments alongside teams from different countries including Ireland, France and Malta.

His nana, Susan, said she’s extremely proud of his courageous attitude and desire to play. “I’m really happy that Archie has been shortlisted for an award; I think it’s testament to his efforts throughout the past year.

“The doctors said he would never walk again, but he’s defied the odds and persevered through some really difficult times.

“I’m sure he will love the night regardless of whether he wins or not.”

While Archie plays frame football at Chadderton Park, there are unfortunately not enough children to form a team. However, according to Susan, the club is more than happy for other youngsters with the same afflictions to come on board and make up the numbers.