Thursday 20 July 2017

Ethan's trip of a lifetime!


Ethan McGarry with Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott.
Ethan McGarry with Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott.

A YOUNG Loughshinny boy's dream has come true.

11-year-old Ethan McGarry, a huge Manchester City fan, got the chance to meet the Blues defender Joleon Lescott aftter winning a competition run by the National Literacy Association. Entrants were asked to design a T-shirt on the theme of Dreams and Aspirations for the new clothing line launched by Lescott and by Jordan Stewart. The winning prize was to see the design in the shops and to meet Joleon Lescott and join him for a training session. And that's exactly what happened to young Ethan last weeek. Firstly, he and his parents went to the match and saw Manchester City beat Swansea 1-0. Then the following day, although disappointingly the Man City training session was cancelled at the last moment, Joleon made up for it by presenting Ethan with a pair of his new boots and the shirt he'd worn in the Swansea match. Lescott also showed him around the Man City state-of-the-art, high tech training complex and introduced Ethan to some of his team mates including Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure. Then on Monday, Ethan was given a personal tour of the Manchester City Stadium, including a visit to the changing rooms where he tried out all the seats of his favourite players. He also saw the warm-up area underneath the main stand at the Etihad where Ethan took great delight at hitting the crossbar in the crossbar challenge. Any football scouts watching? Ethan's dad Derek said: ' This has been a fantastic experience for Ethan. He was so excited to win the Aspire Attire! competition. Ethan is dyslexic and works hard to overcome his difficulties with reading and writing. 'However, he is also very creative. This prize has been such a great reward for the time, effort and thought he put into his design. We can't wait to see it go into production.' Joleon Lescott added: 'It's been great meeting Ethan. His design is so imaginative. It jumped out at me straightaway. 'Perhaps I identified with it so readily because, like Ethan, I had difficulties at school too. Ethan's design puts out a very positive message about believing in yourself no matter what obstacles you have to overcome. It will be a privilege to include it in the LescottStewart clothing line.' Proceeds from sales of the Aspire Attire! T-shirt will go to the National Literacy Association to support their work with and for children who, for whatever reason, struggle to acquire the basic skills of reading, writing and communication in all its forms.

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