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University Assists Double Paralympian with Training Ahead of London 2012 Games

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A double Paralympian with over 100 caps for England and Great Britain has been training at the University of Worcester ahead of the Paralympic Games at the end of this month.

Darren Harris will play for Great Britain’s blind football team at the Games in London. It will be his second Paralmypic Games, having also played at Beijing, as well as also representing Great Britain at Judo in Beijing.

Darren, age 39, who lives in Sutton Coldfield, has been visiting the University of Worcester to train with Sports Coaching lecturer David Mycock.

He said: “It’s a really exciting year for the team, with the Paralympics taking place in England and I’m really grateful to David and the University for supporting me through my training.”

David, who is also assistant coach for the England and Great Britain blind football teams, said: “The University is committed to supporting elite athletes, across a range of sporting disciplines.

“We have particular expertise and experience in disability sports and with the opening of the Worcester Arena, a purpose built sporting facility designed for both able bodied and disabled athletes, next year, we will be able to expand on this further.”

Darren will be joined at the Games in London by David, along with fellow team mate and University of Worcester staff member Will Norman, plus University of Worcester graduates Keryn Seal and Lewis Skyers. Team GB’s first match takes place on Friday, August 31st.