A young goalkeeper with cerebral palsy has realised his dream of being able to play disability football.

Only a year after deciding he wanted to take part in the sport, Beau Brown, nine, from Walton, got to spend a Sunday playing football.

Despite spending most of his life in a wheelchair, Beau, inspired by those who played in a charity match held to support his treatment and rehabilitation, decided he wanted to take part.

Beau's parents, Matt and Tracey Brown, said: "It has been amazing year and to see Beau able to play in a competitive match is incredible. He has worked so hard and it's brilliant to see how much he is enjoying playing."

Following support from the South East Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence and the Chelsea FC Foundation, Beau took to the field for Abbey Rangers FC in the Football for all PAN-Disability League on Sunday, December 14.

Beau said: "My dream was to play in a team and I've done it - it was amazing."

Graham Keable, coach at Abbey Rangers, said: "Beau is a lovely lad who has fantastically well at training and is an inspiration to other players."