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Albion Wheelchair Football Team Captain Receives Scholarship to Compete in the 2013 European Championships

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An experienced wheelchair football player has been awarded £1,000 from the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel.

Chris Gordon, who is the Captain of Sporting Club Albion (West Bromwich Albion’s Wheelchair Football team), is part of the current England Wheelchair Football National Team and will take part in the 2013 European Championships in Paris at the end of June.

Chris said: “I am very honoured and extremely grateful to have been awarded a University Scholarship to help me fulfil my ambition of competing in the Champions’ League. The Scholarship has allowed me to cover my travel and accommodation costs, as well as make necessary improvements to my playing chair. In preparation for the tournament I have been able to purchase a new playing attachment, which I would have struggled to purchase myself without the help from the University.

“I’m confident that we have a real chance; we are competing against some of the best teams throughout Europe, but I’m hoping we will come back with the Champions’ League Trophy.”

The 22-year-old, from Stourbridge, who is completing his Sports Business Management degree at the University of Worcester, has been practicing the sport for six years.

Chris has taken part in a range of National and International competitions, including the Wheelchair Football Association National League, the 2010 European Champions League, and the 2011 World Cup, where Chris was part of the National Team that finished second.

The talented player holds five international caps, scoring four goals and has been named Regional Player of the Season on two occasions.

Looking to the future, Chris would like to work with the Wheelchair Football Association and help develop the sport further at a national level.

He said: “Wheelchair football has developed dramatically during the six years I have been involved through playing and it’s continuing to gather momentum. The knowledge and experiences I have gained throughout the Sports Business Management degree, which I’m about to finish, has motivated me to play a significant role in helping the sport develop further. I hope to continue to coach at a grassroots level in order to be a role model for younger players looking to develop through the sport.”

Students can apply to the scholarship scheme at two points in the year (1st December and 1st March) for up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or activities, to pursue a particular interest, ie music or arts, or towards course-related activities.

For information on courses at the University of Worcester visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk