Monday, 13 December 2010
A lecturer and a former student of the University of Worcester have been honoured for their work with the Czech Republic’s blind football team.
David Mycock, a lecturer in Sports Coaching Science, and Keryn Seal, who graduated this year, were part of a team given a Special Achievement Award during a Blind Football Development week in the Country.
Their work was named the Czech Republic’s Best Disability Sports Project. For the past 18 months David has developed a teaching and coaching link with colleagues from Masaryk University and the wider Czech Republic.
The initial disability focused Erasmus teaching agreement has continued to grow and David has extended this role to establish, coach and develop Blind Football with teams from Prague (FC Praha) and AVOY MU Brno.
The Czech Football Association is now using David’s ideas and experiences in blind football to develop a National Programme for its first Paralympic blind football team.
The Czech National team is also aiming to attend its first tournament at the European Championships in Moscow in the summer of 2011.
“Being able to learn and develop knowledge in disability sports alongside players and coaches from Europe has widened my horizon and dramatically improved my own teaching and coaching,” he said. “It is also nice to think that the work Glyn Harding [lecturer at the University of Worcester] started here seven years ago is now coming to fruition as the University of Worcester and Institute of Sport and Exercise Science are becoming internationally renowned for a high level of excellence in coach and player development in blind football.”
Having developed wider international links in Central Europe the University of Worcester is now involved with disability teams from Germany, Greece and the Czech Republic which are continuing to help evolve these countries National Blind Futsal Leagues.
The EU has now granted a 30,000 Euro funded ‘Youth in Action’ European Blind Football Development Project. This project will see Czech Republic host the first of these European Blind Football Networking tri-nation tournaments in August 2011.
University of Worcester Blind Football Club will represent the UK as England’s current National Futsal Champions.