Spotlight – Meet Hussein
Hussein Estrela has been a participant with us since 2020. Read about his journey.
Joining our Post 16 Football and Education programme in 2020, Hussein began his football journey in Mozambique before his family relocated to Portugal when Hussein was just six years old. In Portugal, Hussein discovered futsal, a small-sided form of football played indoors which is extremely popular in South America and European countries such as Spain and Portugal.
Hussein continued to play futsal throughout his time in Portugal and when he moved to England aged 11 he was scouted by the Football Association to join their emerging talent programme. The programme provides bespoke support to each individual engaged to ensure that potential is maximised and the opportunity to develop is extended beyond the capacity of the environment they currently participate/compete within. Hussein has progressed through the programme since the age of eleven and is now part of their under-23 performance foundation group.
As part of our spotlight series, we asked Hussein some questions for us to get to know more about his life and journey, read on to find out more.
“you can’t beat the person who never quits”
“Talent is never enough. With few exceptions, the best players are the hardest workers”
Ben Lampert one of our specialist coaches has worked closely with Hussein over the past few years and had this to say about his journey
”I have known Jorge since he was a young boy and it has been amazing to watch his inspirational journey. I believe he will be one of the best deaf footballers of this generation and have a really positive impact working with some of the young people throughout Trust programmes.”
Hussein now volunteers as a coach in our specialist support groups looking to influence the next generation of young people. Thank you Hussein for sharing your story with us.