Joshua Walne

"I'm really pleased to be a My Sport, My Voice! Ambassador because it is allowing me to show young people that just because you have a learning disability it shouldn’t stop you from what you want to achieve in your sport. My main piece of advice would be – don’t be ashamed of having a disability.

"I am also pleased to be able to educate coaches to be more aware with people with learning disability and to be aware of the ability, not the disability."

Sport: Football

Represents: England U21 Learning Disability Team

Date of Birth: 29 Jun 1993

Based: Burnley, Lancashire

Personal Best: Captaining England Learning Disability Under-21s

Biography:
Josh came through the youth ranks at Burnley and Blackburn Rovers before going on to captain the England Learning Disability Under-21s team against Northern Ireland in March 2014.

After a spell at Nelson in the North West Counties Football League, Josh moved to local rivals Padiham where he plays right-back for the first team.

Since becoming a My Sport, My Voice! Ambassador, Josh has gone on to gain his first FA coaching badge and a paid coaching role with Burnley FC as part of the Danny Ings Disability Sport Project.

Additionally, Josh was a mentor for the Youth Sport Trust’s Talent Inspiration Programme in September 2015 which aims to encourage up and coming young athletes to achieve their personal best.

Josh's hardwork and dedication was recognised in 2015 when he won accolades from Burnley Leisure and Lancashire Sports Awards for Services to Disability Sport.

Josh is speaking at our Engage! Learning Disability Awareness Workshop at Burnley Football Club on Wednesday 3rd February. Check the homepage for further details.