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Budding Sports Journalist Scores Visually Impaired Football Scholarship at University of Worcester

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A budding sports journalist who plays for England’s Visually Impaired Football Development squad has won a three-year scholarship to study at the University of Worcester.

Adam Lione, from Southminster, Essex, has been representing his country in the sport for the past two years, having played mainstream football before that.

The University of Worcester offers one scholarship each year to a visually impaired or blind student with a talent in football, building on the University’s links in the sport. The scholarship provides funding to cover three years of tuition fees for the student.

Adam was selected as this year’s recipient because of his academic achievements and his success representing England.

“I’m so pleased to have been offered this scholarship,” said the 18-year-old, who has just finished his studies at William de Ferrers School.

“I didn’t know about the scholarship until I received a flyer about it from Essex Football Association and I decided to go for it. I visited the University and spoke to lecturers David Mycock and Glyn Harding, and applied straight away. I’m really looking forward to getting started now.”

Adam currently plays for London in the national Visually Impaired Football League but will move to play for the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford when he moves to Worcester next month.

David Mycock, Sports Coaching Science Lecturer at the University and Assistant Coach for Great Britain Blind Football squad, said: “Adam has a good academic record and has published over 100 sports related articles in various outlets ie newspapers, internet and professional magazines. We are delighted to be able to offer him the scholarship and look forward to welcoming him to the University in September.”

A limited number of places are still available at the University of Worcester starting this September. For information on all courses and scholarship opportunities visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk