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European Championships Beckon for University Staff and Graduates

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Staff and graduates from the University of Worcester will be flying out to Turkey next week for the European Blind Football Championships.

David Mycock, a Sports Coaching Science Lecturer at the University, is a coach for the England and GB Blind Football team, and players include University of Worcester graduates Lewis Skyers and Keryn Seal and University of Worcester student Owen Bainbridge.

The squad will travel to Turkey on September 22nd to take part in the International Blind Sport Association (IBSA) European Championships. The team came third in a recent pre-championship tournament, held in Madrid.

The Championship is the last major tournament before the Paralympic Games in London next year.

David said: “We are hoping to build on our success in Madrid last month. This is all good preparation for the Paralympic Games in London next year.

“It’s a really exciting time for us and the team has developed enormously. We are all very much looking forward to the Paralympic Games next year, playing in front of thousands of people on home ground is going to be an amazing experience.”

The University has a strong history of supporting Blind Football. David Mycock and fellow lecturer Glyn Harding have helped develop the sport both regionally and nationally since 2006.

David said: “University of Worcester Blind Football Club was established in 2006. Since its inception, Worcester has been League Champions in three out of the four years. The University has also been inspirational in developing a European Blind Football Network with partnership colleagues and teams from Czech Republic, Greece and Germany.”

The University has a strong commitment to disability sports with extensive work in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair fencing, among others.

The new Worcester Arena planned by the University for the City is being designed with disability sport at its heart.