FDFC Star Ben Lampert to carry the Olympic Torch on July 25th in Harrow
The Fulham FC Foundation and Fulham Deaf Football Club are immensely proud to tell you that on Wednesday 25th July, our stalwart Ben Lampert will be carrying the Olympic Torch through the London Borough of Harrow.
Ben Lampert has been an ever present in the Fulham squad since 2003 notching up an incredible 212 appearances, and has played an instrumental part in the clubs success story both as a silky winger and a regular scorer of top drawer goals. Ben despite being a midfielder is second in the all time top scorer list with 114 goals. Ben was also part of the Great Britain team who won the Gold medal at the Melbourne 2005 Deaflympics, and is an ever present in both the Great Britain and England Deaf Squads.
Ben has acted as a great ambassador to the club and been a fantastic and inspirational role model to all players young and old, and to players from the youth squad. Ben has always been very passionate and dedicated to coaching and bringing through young deaf footballers. Ben is an FA level 2 Football Coach and is currently working towards his Level 3 (UEFA B License).
Away from Fulham DFC Ben is doing some great work with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust working as a Community Coach with deaf kids from 7-16 years old. Part of his role has seen him designing, developing and delivering a new football club specifically for deaf children. To support both his personal and project development. Ben has also been coaching deaf kids in 3 local primary and secondary schools.
On behalf of Fulham DFC, I would like to say that Ben, since his arrival from Harrow Borough FC in 2003, has proved to be one of the best players at the club and has achieved a number of things with both FDFC and Great Britain Deaf Football. It has been a privilege to work with him for the last ten years, during which I have been an assistant manager for 2 and half years and team manager for the last 7 years; he sets a great example as a role model both on and off the pitch, where a lot of young players look up at him. His commitment to the club has been top drawer and has inspired players to follow his steps with FDFC. I’m very proud of him for his achievement in carrying the Olympic Torch through his childhood area in Harrow, and he deserves to be recognised for what he has done and for the many achievements in his football career.”
Fulham DFC Manager Ayad Sarraf
“On behalf of all of the FDFC players, we would like to extend our congratulations to Ben for his achievement in carrying the Olympic Torch only two days before the Games starts. Not only has he been an integral part of FDFC for so long, his enthusiasm and desire still continues to rub off on the younger players within FDFC, making him a perfect role model for the club. As an Olympian himself, Ben will no doubt appreciate the significance of helping to carry the Olympic flame on its way to its eventual destination in Stratford, and I am sure he will enjoy being part of such a prestigious event, whilst proudly reflecting on the achievements that contributed to his receiving such a wonderful honour. All the players will certainly be looking forward to his account of the day and especially to see the replica torch; many of us will certainly find the temptation to conduct an impromptu lap of honour round Motspur Park too difficult to resist!”
Fulham DFC Captain Jon Evans
“Ben’s dedication to training and always looking to improve is an inspiration to all players, he is a perfect role model both on and off the pitch, It’s a pleasure to coach him with Fulham and with GB
Fulham DFC and Great Britain Deaf Football Head Coach Chris McGinn
“To the eyes of the deaf sporting community, Ben is a true Olympian – he is a great inspiration to the deaf of all ages. He has represented Great Britain Football at two Deaflympics, and even at the age of 21, was pivotal in GB’s gold medal success in Australia. Not only he has over 40 international caps for GB, he has several caps for England Deaf both on the grass pitch and at futsal. He has won countless of honours but remains modest – he has become a sporting legend. Hence it is fitting that he has been chosen carry the Olympian torch which is an icing to the cake – he is to be congratulated for his achievements in such a short time.”
Phillip Gardner, Team Manager. Great Britain Deaf Football
Come and cheer Ben through the streets on Harrow on Wednesday July 25th, on what will be a very special day for Ben and his family, a very proud day for the Fulham Football family and deaf football!
We are waiting for confirmation where Ben will be running and at what time, as soon as this is confirmed we will communicate this via our website, Facebook and Twitter pages!
If you can’t get time off to watch ben carry the torch, you can watch him Live on the BBC Torch Relay Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchrelay
Nick Beese, FDFC Chairman