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Brett shows the way with his 'Keepy Uppy' efforts

22 February 2016

Charity will benefit from 15-year-old Brett's Keepy-Uppy at 9s clubs all over the country

This morning 15-year-old football fanatic Brett-Lee Callow called in to see us at Vale Park to perform ‘keepy-uppies’ from one end of the pitch to the other, all in the name of charity.

Vale Park was his fortieth port of call in his quest to travel to each of the 9s Premier League and Football League Clubs.

At each club he will attempt to keep the ball up as he travels from one end of the pitch to the other – quite a feat for anybody, never mind a 15-year old.

All of the money raised by Brett-Lee raises will be split two ways, with Sport Relief and Shine both being beneficiaries.

Shine is a charity which was formed in 1966, initially to help families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus and it is something close to his heart.

Brett-Lee said: “I have always wanted to raise money for charity and I like keepy-uppies and I am quite good at them, so I put the two together and the opportunity to put is to use came up and I took it.

“I chose Sport Relief because it is a sporting event and then I chose Shine because my Mum was born with mild spina-bifida and that is quite close to my heart.”

Spina Bifida is a birth defect where there is incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. Physical problems with the condition include leg weakness, abnormal eye movement and skin irritations.

Making the trips to all 92 clubs doesn’t come cheap, though Mum Tessa is happy to help out, driving Brett to and from the grounds and also paying for the odd overnight stay required.

She said: “We have stayed with a couple of people who we know along the way, but overnight stops have been a bit expensive, but I am happy to help.

“We started at Mansfield which is not too far from us, as we live in Lincolnshire so it is about an hour’s drive, but we hope to do all of the grounds in the space of nineteen days.”

Tessa is hoping to upload Brett’s performance at Vale Park later this evening. If you would like to see his efforts, not just at Vale park but at stadiums such as Old Trafford and Anfield, just go to YouTube and type in ‘Bret Callow’.

. you would like to help and feel you are able to donate to Brett’s charitable endeavours, please visit

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