GB Deaf Women's Football Team in Training at University of Worcester

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Great Britain's Deaf Women's Football team will be put through their paces during a special training session at the University of Worcester this weekend.

The team will under go fitness testing on the University’s 3G Astroturf as part of a series of three training sessions over the coming months.

They will take part in a Bleep Test, Vertical Jump, Repeated Sprint Ability, Single Sprint, Flexibility test and Illinois Agility test. They will also be completing a player profile questionnaire to assess how they see themselves. The tests measure strength, suppleness, stamina and speed and will help inform the coach of who to select for the forthcoming Deaflympics. 

Rebecca Foster, Senior Lecturer in Adapted Physical Education at the University, said: “I have been the Deaflympic athletics coach for the last two games, therefore I have had links with the GB deaf women’s football squad. 

“I invited them to work with us as I would like to raise the profile of Deaf sport. Deaflympians do not get funding for any training or competition. By offering them state of the art fitness training may give them a boost they need to help them focus of their sport.”

Six students from the University’s Institute of Sport & Exercise Science department will be assisting with the tests on Saturday (October 27th).