Liverpool captain surprises Devon footie fan

Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, has shocked a football fan in Barnstaple, by calling him up to a prestigious squad of inspirational leaders.

Jack Littlejohns says he wants to use his inclusion in England’s Lionhearts squad as a platform to help more people with disabilities in his local area.

The proud Devonian and disability football volunteer learned of his call-up from Three Lions and Liverpool star Jordan Henderson, after a 2020 which started with him raising money for Barnstaple Ability FC before proving even more of a hero during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It means the world to me, it really does,” said Jack, after receiving his message and squad number four shirt to confirm his place in our 23-strong squad of heroes.

“I’m sitting here thinking: ‘Am I going to wake up from this dream soon?’

“It’s just phenomenal and to be recognised as part of the England Lionhearts squad, and to be alongside Captain Sir Tom Moore, it’s just unbelievable.

“Don’t ever let a disability knock your ability to achieve greatness for yourself, and I want to use this as a platform for so many disabled people in our area.”

As a player with learning difficulties himself, Jack is part of the Barnstaple Ability FC, which caters for people that have either a disability or mental health issues.

He helps out the club in his spare time and before the pandemic, organised a raffle draw by himself which raised over £1250 so that disabled players could continue to enjoy the beautiful game.

And he also promotes the club to disabled children in the area – whether it be on the local radio station or paying local visits to schools and colleges and talking about how football has benefited his life and helps others around him.

Jack Littlejohns with his Lionhearts shirt

Once the pandemic struck, Jack helped keep the club’s players and team spirit together by sending cards and creating gift hampers before raising more funds by shaving off his hair and beard for charity.

The Lionhearts initiative, supported by BT, is paying homage to 23 inspirational individuals who have gone above and beyond during this challenging time for the nation.

They kicked-off with Captain Sir Tom Moore being named as the group’s skipper.

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