The Football Trials! New book illustrated by Scott Artus
TWO BOYS - ONE GOAL, FOOTBALL!
The two characters are friends who love football. Jordan has cerebral palsy and works hard to be able to remove his callipers and play football. Noah is bullied relentlessly and football is his escape. This book has been written to inspire all those football players who want to aspire to be the best at their game.
Many thanks to Signol Open Age football team, led by Gordon, Gillian and Danny Bowden, for their support and help to raise money for CRY. Thank you to Anne Signol for sponsoring this book. Contact Joanna Halliwell for competition entries. Email: [email protected]
Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Joseph Halliwell Memorial Trust and the charity - CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). https://www.c-r-y.org.uk Twitter: @CRY_UK
Book title: The Football Trials!
Author: Anne Signol
Illustrator and typography design: Scott Artus
Joseph Halliwell Fund
This memorial fund has been set up the family to help CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death through supporting CRY’s screening programme. The aim is to fund the screening of young people within the local community. Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially
life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. CRY publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds specialist referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.
Text sample from the book:
Meanwhile, although Noah was excited to be playing in the match on Saturday, he was worried about his speed and fitness. He didn’t want to
let Brian down.
“What am I going to do now Mum, that I can’t train outside with your alarm clock?” he asked.
“Well, I have thought about it,” said his mum. “Here, I found this skipping rope in the shed.
All the boxers skip to gain fitness and increase their speed, first jumping with two feet
together which will help you with heading the ball, then jumping with alternate feet for speed.
Suddenly, he was passed the ball and he quickly
ran forward with it, bobbing and weaving in and out of the other players, then POW, an Alan Shearer moment, he shot the ball into the net.
His teammates jumped up and down.
“Hurrah,” shouted Jordan from the side-lines. The match ended 2-1 in Noah’s team’s favour.
“That was very good, all of you,” said Brian, “but next week we have a very important scout coming to watch, a Mr Mike Wilson, and if you are good enough, he may invite you for a trial
at the Academy. Oh, and Jordan, I believe you have now got rid of your callipers and crutches, so as soon as you are ready, you can come training on Tuesdays.” Jordan was thrilled.
“I can’t believe it. Oh Mum, isn’t it exciting? I’m going to training on Tuesdays. I’ll be able to go with Noah, and I am on my way to being a footballer. I can’t wait to get home and tell Dad.”
“I think you will be excited when you get
home, as your dad’s got a surprise for you,”
said Jordan’s mum.
“What is it?” he asked.
“Just wait and see,” she teased.