Donegal Amputee soccer star raising funds to go to World Amputee Championships

A young Donegal amputee soccer player is running a fundraising campaign so that he can compete at next October’s World Amputee championship in Mexico.

James Boyle from Dungloe is a member of the Ireland Amputee squad which will compete at the World Championships, Guatemala, Mexico. Ireland’s sixth place finish at last year’s European Championship qualified Ireland for the World Championships.

And to assist with the cost of preparing and going to the Championships each player in the squad has to raise €1,500.

In order to raise his €1,500, James has set-up a Go Fund Me page and he is also taking donations on his Facebook page.

“The trip is being mostly funded by the FAI and the €1,500 is, by and large, to help with the cost of training camps and a number of friendly games we have in preparation for the Championships,” James told the Democrat.

“We will have training camps in Dublin for most weekends now until the Championships at the end of October and we will also have a number of friendlies before the championships too.

“We have all agreed to it and it is only right that we contribute to the association’s cost of sending the team to Mexico for three weeks.

“We are members of the Irish Amputee Association and when we are away at International tournament we play under the FAI who fund most of the trips.

“I set up the Go Fund Me account ten days ago and it is doing well. I have €500 in the account so far which is a third of the way.

“The account will be open for another three weeks so hopefully I will have reached the €1,500 by then. I’m also taking donations on my Facebook Page.”

James is a striker and the team’s leading scorer. He was also team captain for last summer’s European Championships and has been captain for a number of friendly games played so far this year.

“There is no decision on the captain for the World Championship, it hasn’t been decided yet. But if I’m asked to I will be delighted to be captain.

“I was the captain last year at the European Championship. We were in a group with Russia, England and Greece and we qualified for the fifth and sixth playoff and lost the playoff to Poland which meant we finished in sixth place.”

James is currently playing with Bohemians in Dublin in the new three team league formed by the Irish Amputee Association this year.

Cork City and Shamrock Rovers are the other two teams.

“This is the first season of the new league. We play games once a month in Dublin on a Saturday, two games each day.

“We have played 12 games so far and we are leading the league and I’m the league’s top scorer. I’ve scored 17 goals in the 12 games.”

The World Championship starts on October 27 and runs for three weeks.

Anyone wishing to donate to James’s Go Fund Me go to Go Fund Me.com and search for James Boyle.