South Essex College Callum’s inspirational sport story


Callum’s inspirational sport story

A Sport student is excelling at South Essex College after having a heart transplant only three years ago.

Callum Turner is currently a Level 2 Sport student at the College’s Southend Campus and will be progressing on to the Level 3 Football Academy course in September.

Callum, 18, from Southend, had a heart transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital when he was 15 years old. He has since progressed extremely well and is now an active teenager.

He has to avoid contact sports so can’t play in the academy team but he will be taking on an assistant coach role within the squad, learning alongside former Southend United Manager and now head of the Academy, Steve Tilson.

Callum said: “I’m a huge Southend United fan so to be mentored by Steve Tilson is a dream come true! I’m excited to work with a pro like him, my fitness levels are good and I’m quite active, I feel really lucky.”

He will also be competing in the British Transplant Games this summer in Birmingham. Callum will be entering the football, tennis and table tennis events.

Callum added: “I hope my story gives others going through the same thing a big confidence boost, I was really poorly and now I’m fit and taking part in sport activities. I’m lucky to be here today and so happy to be getting these opportunities.”

For more information about Callum’s journey, visit

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