Like millions of boys around the globe, Don Mullan’s ambition was to become a professional footballer like Gordon Banks and, one day, play for his country. And, like millions of such boys, that never happened for various reasons. But the friendships he made and the discipline he learned from the game ultimately helped to form Don’s character and make him a better person. And that is the greatest result sport can hope to achieve.
At all levels, sport should not be about winning at any cost. Its primary goal should be about helping young people to become better, more healthy and caring citizens. That goal is far more important than winning medals, even World Cup and Olympic medals. And, thankfully, that’s what sport did for Don.
(From the foreword to ‘The Boy Who Wanted to Fly’ by Don Mullan)