Town player's dad an Olympic Gold Medal winner!
Town's young professional Matt Crooks has an ideal role model to imitate in his blossoming football career - his dad!
Matt's father Dave Crooks – a player for Leeds Deaf during his club career – has previously represented the Great Britain Deaf side at an amazing three Olympics in Bulgaria, the USA and New Zealand - winning a gold medal.
More recently he was selected for the Great Britain Deaf Football over-35 squad for an international friendly match against France in May 2012 – the first ever GB veteran's match!
Previously Matt – a regular in Senior Professional Development Coach Steve Eyre’s under-21 squad this season - has coached at the Leeds Deaf team, but sadly the Club folded in early 2012.
“Football has always been a massive part of my family’s life,” Matt told htafc.com.
“Ever since I’ve been able to kick a ball and my Dad has been a big factor in that. I’ve always looked up to him and compared myself to him – I’d love to replicate the success he’s enjoyed.
“I think the ‘One Game, One Community’ message is such an important one; just because you have a disability, it doesn’t mean that football isn’t the game for you. Football is the biggest sport in the deaf community and it brings people together to enjoy a shared experience. If it wasn’t for my Dad’s participation, I don’t know if I would be a professional at Huddersfield Town today.”