Blind Football Demo at Paralympic Flame Event

A blind football demonstration was organised by the Cheshire FA at the Paralympic Flame Event at West Cheshire College on August 25.

The demonstration allowed children at the event who volunteered to play football blindfolded and learn how blind football is played.

The session was ran by Matt and Eamon from Savi Sport who were assisted by their colleague Ben who is in the England Blind Football Development Squad.

Savi Sport Northwest regularly run similar sessions to not only raise awareness of blind football but to encourage others to get involved and support the sport.

The Paralympic Flame event took place at West Cheshire College on August 25, where the flame was welcomed on it's journey to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony and Paralympic sports were celebrated.

The blind football session was just one of many demonstrations on the day including Wheelchair Basketball and Boccia.

Dawn Georgeson, Football Development Office at the Cheshire FA who helped to organise the blind football demonstration, said:  "It was a brilliant day at the Paralympic Flame Event.

"Savi Sport Northwest delivered an excellent inclusive demo lead by Matt Cliff with the support of colleagues Eamon and Ben who are also members of the Merseyside Blind Squad.

"It was great to get kids involved and to give them a real take on what blind football can be like and how players have to adapt."

Roy Turnham who also helps Savi Sport Northwest is currently representing Team Great Britain in the Blind Football Squad at the Paralympics.  For more information on Savi Sport and their work please follow this link:  http://www.savinorthwest.com/index.html  

The demonstration also saw the England Lion Mascots Roary and Mane get involved, they have been spending time in Cheshire recently showing their support to local grassroots football and to the Paralympic Flame event.

For the full story of the mascots on the prowl in Cheshire and to see pictures of their trip please click HERE.

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