Josh Seller is fundraising to provide football coaching for less able young people who attend Uplands School in association with Reading FC.
With his parents the 11 year old Red Oaks Primary School pupil, who is a member of both Reading and Dorcan football academies, has devised a 10 mile walking route which starts at Uplands School and finishes at Dorcan Academy club to be completed on 5 April.
Josh’s mother Alexia Seller is a governor at Uplands School and said she was touched when Josh suggested the idea. She said: “Josh was inspired to do the walk after his friend Jackson Allen walked 10 miles for Alzeimer’s Research in December.
“I’m incredibly proud of him and his maturity in understanding what the young people have to go through and that he would like to give something back. Uplands is a fantastic school and I’m keen to support him raise as much money as possible for them.”
Josh said: “I can see the Uplands students playing football on the school field from my window and decided that I wanted to try and raise money for them to have the same training and opportunities as me.
“I haven’t started training but I will soon. I once walked about six miles when I was 7 or 8 years old and that was quite tiring. I’m older now so I should find it easier, but training for a long walk is different to training for football.”
Uplands headteacher, Deirdre Fitzpatrick commented: “We’re very touched that Josh was taking a whole day out of his holidays to complete a long walk to raise money for people who are less fortunate than himself.
“He’s a role model for young people and we really hope the people of Swindon support him in achieving his target.”
Nick Bolton, from Advanced Sports Coaching Ltd, said: ”We’re delighted to be aiding Josh to raise funds for Uplands School. This is such a great cause which will allow the children to share Josh’s passion for sport.”
To support Josh’s fundraising, drop donations into the school or write to Uplands, The Learning Campus, Swindon SN25 2NB or go online at: www.crowdfunding.justgiving.com