Football mad Harvey Nicholl was left with a broken arm during a training session with his Roe Valley team mates recently, but his spirit is far from broken thanks a big hearted gesture from his coaches.
The nine-year old Central PS pupil plays for Roe Valley U10s.
At training three weeks ago, the young striker was hit by a shot on his arm.
“I couldn’t feel my fingers and my arm felt numb,” said the young striker.
Harvey’s coaches knew immediately something was wrong and it wasn’t long before Harvey and his dad, Andrew were in the A&E at Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.
Five hours later and Harvey had a cast on his arm.
Three weeks on and he is literally itching to get the cast off.
In a bid to ease the pain, Harvey’s coaches -Kevin Mullan and Peter Miller - arranged for a letter from Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wishing Harvey a speedy recovery.
The young Spurs fan was over the moon at the postal surprise, which is framed and takes pride of place on the fireplace.
“I was really surprised, but it’s good,” said Harvey, modestly.
Dad, Andrew, said it was a kind gesture, and he thanked the Roe Valley coaches for being so thoughtful.
In the meantime, Harvey says the only upside in having a cast is that he doesn’t have to write out his homework.
Believe it or not, Harvey broke his left arm and he is left handed. It means mum and dad have to go back to class and write out his homework, while Harvey can dictate the answers.
However, Harvey is hoping the next three weeks fly by. when he hopes the cast will be off.
“I miss football a lot,” he added.