New wheelchair improves mobility for Scottish footballer

A 16 year-old footballer from Dundee has received a £15,000 wheelchair he can control with his head, the Dundee Courier reports.

Alexander Johnstone suffers from cerebral palsy, and the new chair has improved his mobility as he is now able to be more responsive to commands.

A sensory system was added to the headrest by Yorkshire firm DB Engineering Ripon and, as quoted by the Courier, this allows Alexander to “use his head like a joystick.”

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According to the paper, the player’s father, Gary, who is also chairman of the club and maintenance manager at the city’s Ninewells hospital, said: “Alexander is not able to walk or sit up properly.

“I wanted him to have a more mobile wheelchair and, with an engineering background, I knew in my head what I wanted.”

He added that the chair had given his son a new lease of life and concluded: “He loves the sport even more now that he has got his new wheelchair.”

Johnstone is the club captain of Tayside Dynamos Yellow PowerChair Football Club and has been nominated for the SPFA’s Championship Player’s Player of the Year.

The new wheelchair was paid for largely thanks to money raised by family and friends as well as a donation from Variety Scotland.

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