Friday, 10 May 2013
Worcester Blind Football Club is celebrating a double win, having been crowned champions of the national league for the fourth time and also taking home the Brian Aarons Memorial FA Cup.
The team, which includes University of Worcester staff, students and graduates, only conceded one goal all season to secure their place at the top of the FA league.
They then went on to win two dramatic penalty shoot-outs at the weekend, against West Midlands Centre of Excellence and Hereford RNC Bulls to take the Brian Aarons FA Cup.
Head Coach David Mycock, who was also a coach for Great Britain blind football in last year’s Paralympics, and is a senior lecturer at the University, said: “It was a fantastic end to the season to take home the double. I’m so proud of the team and everyone involved.
“Worcester has won the league four times in the last six years and has won the Cup twice in four years. We’ve also been runner-up twice, which is a huge achievement for any national level club.”
The team is flying off to the Czech Republic on May 24th to play in a European Cup tournament with six other teams.
The team is made up of University of Worcester graduate Keryn Seal, along with University staff member Will Norman, New College Worcester student Fritz Bisau, plus Robin Williams, Dan James, Owen Bainbridge and Tom Buckley. Many of the players also represent their country at an international level and played in last year’s Paralympic Games, and are due to play for England in the Euros in Italy next month.
David said: “In all, 40% of all players who have represented England and Great Britain at blind football, in the last 10 years, have come from the University of Worcester-based team, which is a great achievement for all involved.”
The University of Worcester has a strong commitment to disability sports with extensive work in blind football, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair fencing, among others. The new University of Worcester Arena, which opened last month, has been designed with disability sport at its heart.