Bohs launch amputee team to take part in new FAI league
Bohemian FC has launched an amputee football team to participate in a new FAI league that will kick off later this month.
The Dublin side will take on teams from Cork City, Shamrock Rovers and Limerick in a competition that will offer further playing opportunities for amputees with a passion for the game.
FAI 'Football For All' coach Christy McElligott, a former St Patrick's Athletic player who is also involved with the Irish international amputee side, has welcomed the move.
Mr McElligott said that when he lost his leg in 2001 in a serious road traffic accident, he thought "football was gone for me forever".
"But amputee football has given me the opportunity to get back involved and playing," he said. "For your health and wellbeing, football is the best medicine and I encourage amputees to get involved.
"When [other] clubs see the benefits of initiatives like this, we think they will want to come on board."
Former Bohs youth player Stefan Balog had a leg amputated last year and he will be part of the new squad. "This league gives people like Stefan the ability to do what they loved doing as a kid - play for Bohs," said McElligott.