Tackling diabetes through football

Frazer Biggs, hoping to represent England
Frazer Biggs, hoping to represent England

A FOOTBALL loving youngster is refusing to let a disease stand in his way as he gets set to take part in an international tournament.

Frazer Biggs has been plucked from 150 hopefuls to represent England in the fifth International Football Cup Championship for Young Diabetics.

The Hartlepool United youth team player is jetting to Geneva, in Switzerland, this week to join players from 16 countries in the two-day tournament, which is organised by medical technology firm Medtronic.

They all have type one diabetes and 13-year-old Frazer has to take up to four insulin injections every day to keep up his active life.

The young midfielder said: “I haven’t let being diabetic hold me back. I have tried to do all the things I would if I didn’t have it.

“Sometimes I can get tired if I don’t get the medication right but it won’t stop me doing what I want.

“I’m really excited about the tournament and would love to be a professional footballer one day.

“I really like Hartlepool and the people there really look after me and make sure I’m okay.

Frazer, who lives in Rowlands Gill, near Gateshead, was scouted by Hartlepool United while playing for his local under-11s team.

He has since shared the responsibility of team captain while also captaining his Ryton Comprehensive School team and playing for the Gateshead District team.

Frazer, who was picked for the competition after applying and stating why he should be chosen, added: “My idols are Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere because they’re midfielders like me and hopefully one day I’ll be as successful as them.”