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Blind youngsters helped to get into football

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A new project is set to
kick-start blind and partially-sighted youngsters' interest in
football.

The move is ahead of the
paralympic games this summer.

The Kent Football Association,
Royal London Society for Blind People and the Youth Sports Trust
have set up a "hub" at Dorton House in Seal near Sevenoaks - one of
only 10 in the country - where they will provide specialised
training.

Stephanie Gadd of the Kent FA
said: "The Kent FA are proud and excited to get involved in this
national blind football pilot project with RLSB.

"Hopefully we can encourage more
blind players into the grass roots game locally and progress them
along the player pathway towards playing for England.

England Blind Football
International Keryn Seal said now is the time to promote the sport:
"It's partially about finding the England stars of the future but
its also about giving blind and partially sighted individuals just
a taster and a chance to get involved in sport and access to
it.

"It’s a really fun game and a
great chance to meet new people.

"You build a fantastic
relationship in any team sport and this is no
different."


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