Wakefield footballer nets himself an Olympic place, but needs your help

Rob Clark
Rob Clark

Footballer Rob Clark’s silky skills impressed his coaches enough to earn himself a place in this summer’s Special Olympics.

The 37-year-old defender will represent Yorkshire and Humberside as the team takes on other counties from across the UK in the August tournament.

But Mr Clark, who has learning difficulties, needs to raise £375 to pay for his travel and accommodation costs.

Last Wednesday he took part in a sponsored walk around Pugneys Country Park. And today (Tuesday) he will wash cars to boost funds.

Mr Clark, of George Street, said: “I love playing football and enjoy my sports. I have played football in China at the Special Olympics.

“I’m a quite excited about the games – I think we’ll get gold this time, I’ve been in teams that have won bronze and silver before. My aim is to get gold.”

Mr Clark, who works at B&Q, on Cathedral Retail Park, is supported to live in his city centre flat by Dimensions.

The national not-for-profit organisation supports people with learning disabilities and autism.

Support staff from the company joined Mr Clark and friends on his walk this week and will travel to the Special Olympics in Bath to cheer him on.

Yorkshire operations director Sinead McHugh said: “We are so very proud of Rob and his ambitions and achievements.

“As an organisation, our aims centre around supporting people to achieve their goals and to be part of their community.

“It is great to see Rob achieve his dreams of being selected again and we wish him luck for the tournament.”

Mr Clark, who also has a Wakefield Trinity Wildcats season ticket, trains with his football team every week and keeps fit by attending the gym.

He hopes to raise the final amount of money needed to get him to this year’s games during a sponsored car wash today (Tuesday).

He will clean vehicles in Dimensions’ Thornes Office Park car park, off Monckton Road, from 1pm until 3pm.