The Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland has been out of action since March with a bad ankle injury, but demonstrated over Christmas how mobility scooters can allow people to get around without any problems, even if they are unable to walk.
23-year-old Butland, who fractured his right ankle in a friendly against Germany nearly a year ago, has been missing from action ever since. However, a recent video published on his Twitter account showed how the shot-stopper is not letting his absence from the pitch get him down.
Butland – who has picked up four England caps since his debut in 2012 and is tipped to be a stalwart of the squad in years to come – posted a video of himself riding around an unnamed shopping centre on a mobility scooter, as reported in the Mirror.
Clearly keen to not let his injury hold him back from making the most of the post-Christmas sales (the video appeared on 29 December), Butland accompanied his tweet with the comment ‘Best way to tackle a packed shopping centre on crutches’.
Whilst Butland’s video was light-hearted in nature (it was set to the soundtrack of ‘Ridin’’ by Chamillionaire) and was clearly enjoyed by his Twitter following of approximately 112,000, there is a serious point behind this episode.
Mobility scooters are a real lifeline for thousands of people up and down the UK, many of whom – unlike Butland – will not regain their ability to walk.
Whether due to medical conditions or simply advancing years, the purchase of a new mobility scooter can make all the difference to those who otherwise would have no way of navigating the streets in safety and comfort.
Whatever you think of Butland’s video, it has certainly got the younger generation talking about mobility scooters, and it is good to see that even elite athletes appreciate their usefulness!
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