We’re huge football fans here at Recite Me and the excitement is building in the office already. We’ve got some exciting activities planned during the World Cup around the England games…but more on that another time.
To get us in the World Cup mood, we thought we’d take a look to see if there were any famous footballers with Dyslexia that we could add to our page.
As Dyslexia affects around 1 in 10 people across all ages and walks of life, we thought there was a good chance that some footballers would have gone on the record about their condition.
In fact, an increasing number of famous people with Dyslexia, including world-famous entrepreneur Richard Branson, say that having Dyslexia is a positive part of who they are.
So, we did a bit of research and we found 3 notable UK football players that have been open about their Dyslexia:
- Steven Naismith, Scotland International player currently on loan to Hearts from Norwich. Steven is very open about having Dyslexia and is an Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland. Steven told Dyslexia Scotland that the battle to read a book is harder than any football match!
- Rio Ferdinand - He is thought of by many to be one of England's greatest ever players and he is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time.
- Rachel Yankey –She was one of the first professional female players in England, she has 129 caps for England and was a key member of the Team GB football squad. Rachel did a podcast with the CodPast about being dyslexic…and playing football.
While there are probably many more footballers with Dyslexia, it is great that some leading lights are 'coming out' as dyslexic as this helps to change attitudes and break down the barriers that people with Dyslexia face.
Famous role models and major global sporting events are a good way of getting people talking more openly about their own dyslexia in education or work. We know there is loads of support out there for people with dyslexia, especially online.
100’s of organisations already use Recite Me to make their websites more accessible to people with dyslexia – book your free demo now or call on 0191 4328092 to find out more.