Ben Coker

Type 1 diabetes hasn’t stopped Ben Coker from playing professional football for Southend United FC.




Ben, who was diagnosed with Type 1 when he was 15, says he was worried about it at first. 

But he says that playing football is great exercise and has helped him look after his diabetes. “It doesn’t spoil football for me, so it shouldn’t for anyone else,” he says. 

Ben adds that if you want to play professional football when you’re older, then never give up! “If you love football and work really hard, then do it!” he says.

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