A WHITCHURCH legend who has continued to shine through adversity is hoping to achieve his life-long goal of being a football coach after his GCSE results.

Football-mad Zac Harris, who has cerebral palsy, picked up his results on Thursday at Sir John Talbot’s School in Tilstock Road, much to his delight.

The 16-year-old picked up 4s in maths and English, 5 in sports studies and also passed science and now plans to do a BTEC at Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

The Shropshire club shares his heart with Whitchurch Alport and Zac was recently on television to talk about his journey.

He added that he was delighted with his results.

He said: “I was recently interviewed by ITV at Shrewsbury and spoke to them about my journey in football. 

Whitchurch Herald: Zac Harris leads out Whitchurch Alport. Zac Harris leads out Whitchurch Alport. (Image: Whitchurch Alport FC)

“I’m incredibly happy with these results – it’s been blood sweat and tears from me and my access leaders (support staff) who have really helped me so much.

“I’m going to do a BTEC at Shrewsbury because I want to be a football coach.


“I love football and it’s a lifelong dream. My family and I are going to celebrate at Whitchurch Alport.”

Zac, who is in a wheelchair, has been a smiling presence across Whitchurch for many years, with the Yocking Parks outfit and Whitchurch Rotary Club, among others, helping to fund his dream of kicking a football and riding a bike, respectively.

He has been a mascot for Alport and also led the teams at Shrewsbury as well.

People across Whitchurch also helped raise around £40,000 for Zac to undergo vital surgery which would have aided the muscles in his legs.

Staff at the school praised Zac’s attitude for achieving his results with a spokesman adding that ;he had worked really hard’.