Jake Howard, of Selby, a skilled football coach studying a BTEC diploma in Sport at Selby college has contacted Selby Everyday in a bid to raise money after rupturing his anterior crucial ligament (ACL) in his left knee last Autumn. Which can be a career ending injury. www.justgiving.com/jakehoward1997
Jake, has been banned from playing football until August after having vital surgery. The surgery was a success however he told us 'I was off college for a month and i have been advised not to play sport until August.''
Jake told us that he is fighting to make sure his career in football does not end at 18 years old. In order to do so he is setting himself a big challenge...
"I have decided to have a target to try get myself fit again, and plan to take part in The Jane Tomlinson 10K York run on August 2. Jake plans to regain full fitness before the marathon and will be training throughout the summer.''
The accident happened whilst Jake was playing for his local village team Hensall and Kellington on a Saturday afternoon. When tackling a player from the opposing team, a players tough challenge hit Jakes knee with considerable force, twisting it, this caused cartilage damage as well as ligament damage.
All footballers are used to tough tackles, however Jake expressed how the pain was unbearable, he remained on the pitch for 40 minutes until the ambulance arrived. After the initial xrays and an mri scan at York hospital Jake was told he must have his knee operated on.
Jake stated “I do not want my career to end in my teen years, I have decided to have a target to try get myself fit again, i have entered the Jane Tomlinson 10K York run which takes place on August 2.
Jake will be running for Macmillan Cancer Research, which had provided him with a kit and training guide, and he had promised to try to raise a minimum of £100. He has so far raised £35, lets help him reach that target of £100
To sponsor Jake, go to www.justgiving.com/jakehoward1997