This weekend, 11 multi-talented youngsters will be heading to Switzerland to represent Great Britain in the Medtronic Junior Cup final – an annual football championship for kids with Type 1. To qualify for the team they needed to be pretty nifty with a football, and also play at being their own pancreas full time. Out of 120 applicants, 55 got to go to Wembley for the qualification rounds and now the chosen 11 are off to the finals.
I have no interest in football. But I have a significant interest in diabetes. And a massive interest in seeing kids with diabetes live life to the full. How many 10 year olds with a working pancreas get to play in an international football tournament? It’s great to see a positive side to having diabetes.
I’ll be in Switzerland over the weekend for Medtronic’s latest bloggers forum, so I’m hoping I might get to see some of our talented footballers then. In the meantime, good luck to all the 132 kids from 12 countries taking part and especially to the Great Britain team – may your goals be plentiful and your hypos be scarce.