17-year-old Joe Skinner is bubbly, enthusiastic and determined, and he happens to have a condition called Cerebral Palsy. He is a caring and kind young man, and has battled against horrendous forms of discrimination and inequality, all of which have proved to be a huge test for Joe’s resilience.
He first became involved with Burnley in the Community (BFCitC) in 2014 when, following a match, Burnley’s then striker Danny Ings gave him his boots. Since then, Joe has supported both Danny and BFCitC to set up the Danny Ings Disability programme which helped to develop Burnley’s disability provision. In the Summer of 2016, BFCitC were granted access to the Premier League and BT Disability Fund. Joe has been involved in the PL / BT Disability Fund programme since its inception.
In recent months, Joe has started to lead and mentor younger, less confident participants, a true reflection of Joe’s selfless and kind nature. He has also delivered workshops and disability awareness sessions to help tackle the inequalities that he himself has faced. Joe is also supporting the club to review its access for disabled people, working with their supporters group to ensure that all disabled supporters have a positive experience when attending Burnley FC matches.