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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 December, 2003, 10:31 GMT
Everton appoint England captain
Everton have signed up England's amputee football team captain Steve Johnson as a coach.

Johnson's appointment to the football in the community scheme makes him the first coach with a disability in the country to be employed full-time.

"I am looking forward to creating a mirror of mainstream football for disabled people," said Johnson.

"Nearly all disabled people can play football, but opportunities are very limited."

Johnson will be working alongside Everton's disabled football development officer Mark Elliot to try and encourage more disabled people to take up the sport.

The Merseyside club has eight disabled football teams and has recently established one for wheelchair users and female players.




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