Halifax footballer selected for England cerebral palsy team

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A footballer from Halifax has been selected for the England national cerebral palsy football team.

Ben Bergin, 27, from Illingworth, works part-time as a groundsman at The Shay and plays for Greetland.

Ben was put forward for a trial day in Pontefract with 200 people, and was one of only 14 who got selected.

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"The Greetland manager said he thought I was good enough to get picked," Ben said.

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"I can play in defence or midfield but I went to the trial as a defender.

"I got told there were a lot of people going for defensive roles so I was lucky to get a place."

Ben will take part in a training camp at the start of June before the three-day tournament, which also takes place in Pontefract, kicks off on Friday, July 27.

"It made me and my family really proud because I've worked for it since I was 18, but I wasn't really expecting it," Ben said.

"I was excited as well."