A YOUNG man with cerebral palsy has achieved another dream - this time to be part of a local rugby team.

Harrison Holmes from Barrow, known for his weekly show at Radio Lonsdale and for recently visiting the BBC Radio 2 studios, is now part of the Barrow Raiders team.

He is now a member of the Able Raiders team set up by the Advantage! Barrow Raiders Community Foundation which delivers sport and activity sessions to people with learning disabilities.

When Harrison left college and joined Mill Lane Day Centre on Walney they asked him what he wanted to achieve - he replied that he wanted to play rugby.

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"I was not keen on him joining because I did not want him to get knocked but they do it in the safest way possible and I was shocked when he came home last week with a full rugby kit," said his mother Joanne Livesey.

"His cousins play rugby and he has watched them from aside and he said he just wants to be like his cousins so that is where he has got it from. He does not want to feel different than anybody else and if his cousins are playing rugby why can't he?

"I take my hat off to him. He is just so inspiring and whatever he wants to do he always sets his goal. Nothing stops him."

The 22-year-old who plays as player number 9 has received the status of a life-long member of the team.

On having Harrison on their team, Lisa Neale operations manager across Advantage! and the Raiders, said: "Harrison has joined us for our multi-sport session that we hold every Wednesday morning. Harrison is a real character and he is just the life of the session.

"He will play for our team as long as he wants to."

Advantage! offers a multi-sport session for Able Raiders with around 80 participants every week. They also offer a well-being walk and two rugby sessions where they do tag rugby and touch rugby.

For more information visit their website here.