William’s Kick – Peterborough United v West Ham United

Our latest mascot had to wait a bit longer for his Kick at Peterborough United’s sell out match with West Ham United, the match was originally scheduled for early February but was postponed due to the snow and freezing temperatures.

It was a warm sunny evening at London Road when the match was finally played and William came along with his dad Andy, friend Brandon and Andy’s friend Dave. William was nominated by our good friend Sally Cooke.

Sally told us : “William was born profoundly deaf and at the age of 2 had his first cochlear implant. Last year he had his second cochlear implant and is able to hear to a certain degree however his hearing will never be like you and I and the sounds he hears aren’t a rounded sound. He loves football and gives his all on the pitch each time he plays. Sometimes he struggles with the various sounds coming from all directions but he never gives up and always plays to the best of his ability.”

We met William in the reception at London Road, where we gave him his new kit (the goalkeeper’s one as he is a big Posh fan and already had the home kit) before heading off to the David Seaman Suite to meet the other mascots and his host for the night Simon.

Next it was time to head off to the dressing rooms to meet all the Posh players. William had scored a hat trick for his football team recently and brought the ball along to get signed! Next it was off for a tour of the ground including the referee’s room, executive boxes and the board room. They got back from the tour just in time for a chance to have a kick about on the pitch with the other mascots and Simon.

Soon it was time to line up in the tunnel and William came out of the tunnel with his favourite player and Free Kicks ambassador George Boyd. He then joined Andy and the others in the stand to watch as West Ham ran out 2-0 winners.

Once again we would like to thank all at PUFC for looking after William brilliantly and Sally for nominating him for his special day.

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