Qatar World Cup 2022: Jack Grealish keeps promise to young fan with cerebral palsy by doing ‘arm’

Qatar World Cup 2022: Jack Grealish keeps promise to young fan with cerebral palsy by doing ‘arm’

England footballer Jack Grealish has kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran to him in celebration of the arm ‘worm’.

He scored in the 89th minute of the Three Lions’ opener against Iran and kept his word after promising an 11-year-old superfan he would dedicate his next goal to him by dancing.

Last week, the Manchester City star met Finlay, an 11-year-old fan who wrote a letter to the midfielder to praise him for raising awareness of cerebral palsy, a condition that affects movement and co-ordination.

Jack Grealish kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran to him by celebrating arm-

Jack Grealish kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran to him by celebrating the arm ‘worm’

Last week the Manchester City star met Finlay, an 11-year-old fan who wrote a letter to the midfielder praising him for raising awareness of cerebral palsy.

Last week the Manchester City star met Finlay, an 11-year-old fan who wrote a letter to the midfielder praising him for raising awareness of cerebral palsy.

Jack Grealish pictured with his sister Hollie, 19, who has cerebral palsy

Jack Grealish pictured with his sister Hollie, 19, who has cerebral palsy

The video, which was for the Premier League’s Fan Mail, saw Jack read a letter from his young fan Finlay – who described him as his “idol”.

The letter said: “To Jack, my name is Finlay and I am 11 years old. I am a big Man City and England fan.

“I have cerebral palsy and I saw that your sister also has cerebral palsy. Are you a good brother to her?

“I love the way you’re really good with your sister, you really get it. You always have her with you and you look very proud. Especially when you won the league.’

It continued: “I wish there were more people in the world just like you who treat people with disabilities the same as everyone else.

“It makes me very happy when I see you, a famous football player, knowing what it’s like to live with people with cerebral palsy.”

Grealish dances along

Grealish does the ‘worm’ celebration dance after he made a promise to young Finlay

Jack Grealish kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran to him by celebrating arm-

Jack Grealish kept his promise to a young fan with cerebral palsy by dedicating his goal against Iran to him by celebrating the arm ‘worm’

The youngster said he loved playing football but described some of the difficulties he faced, including not finding the right football boots and being slower than his peers due to his affected movements.

He concluded: “I hope you get this letter, you are my hero and the best big brother to your sister.

“It’s my dream to meet you and give you a high five because I can’t shake hands.”

In response to Finlay, 27-year-old Grealish arranged to meet the youngster and promised him that the next time he scored a goal, he would celebrate by dancing to Finlay’s choice on the pitch.

When he asked him to do “the worm”, Grealish laughed and said he would probably be injured and promised to do “the worm” instead.

After scoring England’s sixth goal of the game, the footballer celebrated with his Three Lions teammates and then performed the arm as promised.

Fans were quick to praise him on social media after the goal, calling him ‘an absolute legend’ and ‘a man of his word’.

Others said the moment had brought “tears” to their eyes after seeing the heartwarming moment.

During the video, Grealish opened up about his “close relationship” with his sister Hollie, 19, who also has cerebral palsy.

In his response to Finlay, he paid heartfelt tribute to his younger sibling, 19, saying: ‘I love her so much’.

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Sweet: “They said she wouldn’t be able to talk, she wouldn’t be able to walk and do much, but here we are and she can do everything,” he continued

Jack shared: 'I'm so close with my little sister.  Hollie is 19 now, she was born three months early.

Jack shared: ‘I’m so close with my little sister. Hollie is 19 now, she was born three months early.

Letters: The Manchester City player read the letter aloud and read: “To Jack, my name is Finlay and I am 11 years old.  I am a big Man City fan and England fan.  I have cerebral palsy and I saw that your sister also has cerebral palsy

Letters: The Manchester City player read the letter aloud and read: “To Jack, my name is Finlay and I am 11 years old. I am a big Man City fan and England fan. I have cerebral palsy and I saw that your sister also has cerebral palsy

Gifts: The footballer wrote a reply back to his young fan, along with a signed football shirt

Gifts: The footballer wrote a reply back to his young fan, along with a signed football shirt

Speaking to the camera, Jack explained: ‘I’m so close to my little sister. Hollie is 19 now, she was born three months early.

“They said she wouldn’t be able to talk, she wouldn’t be able to walk and do much, but here we are and she can do everything.

“Obviously I love her so much, yes, I think I’m a good big brother to her,” he laughed.

Grealish has previously spoken about his relationship with younger sister Hollie, taking to Instagram on her birthday to say: “Keep being you and the happy little girl you are.”

Earlier this year he was appointed as the lead ambassador for Special Olympics GB in a bid to drive greater inclusion in sport.

He said: ‘I’ve been thinking for a while about how I can best use the platform football has given me to create positive change and it had to be something that was really close to my heart.’

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