Voluntary coach at the Crystal Palace Foundation described as Eagles 'rock'
A teacher has described how he overcame his disabilities to inspire children to play football.
He was born with a hole in his heart and is partially deaf and partially blind in his right eye, but said it "doesn't affect me really."
Mr White works full time at The Warwick School in Redhill as a PE teaching assistant, but is also a coach for the Crystal Palace Foundation, Croydon FC and FC Morden in his spare time.
He said: "It’s tiring and it does take up a lot of my spare time after working full time but I just love the game, I love playing with my friends, I love volunteering, I just love everything about it."
The Crystal Palace fan has just become FA disability and FA futsal qualified and has asked the foundation if he can start coaching these disciplines too.
He said: "What I have helps me to compare my needs in childhood to their needs because we have a lot of kids from disadvantaged backgrounds."
"Although it doesn't affect me now, it helps me to help the children who have problems and to know how they feel."
At school he works with disadvantaged children and children who have ADHD and Asperger syndrome.
He said: "I teach the kids to just go out there and enjoy it. If something goes wrong just keep going, the most important thing is to keep your love of football alive."
Donald Forde, Head of the Foundation, said: "Ben never lets anything get in the way of his coaching; I would say he is a bit of a rock for us in many ways."
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