Rhys Porter is a 13-year-old Fulham-mad goalkeeper. Rhys has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and was recently subjected to vile online abuse after posting a video of him making a save.
Determined to find the positives from such despicable actions, Rhys refused to let the comments get to him. Instead, he was motivated to raise money for the charity Scope, as part of their Make It Count campaign.
Everyone at Fulham has been completely inspired by Rhys, and we wanted to show him just how impressed we’ve been with both his attitude in the face of adversity, and his commitment to helping others.
Rhys joined us at Craven Cottage for our match against Reading, meeting his heroes as well as partaking in a half-time Q&A with Ivan Berry, to rapturous applause from all inside the ground.
The following week he and his family were invited to Motspur Park where he spent time chatting with Marco Silva and the team, and watching training, before taking part in a special goalkeeping session at the end with Paulo Gazzaniga and Marek Rodák.
Tim Ream met Rhys that morning, and said: “People see footballers as role models and inspirations. For me, what he’s doing is more of an inspiration than anything any of us could ever do.”
Rhys, you are Fulham Football Club. We are all so proud of you, and it is our privilege to have you as one of our goalkeepers for the 2021/22 season.