SBitC's Disability Manager Paul Reynolds leaves for Paralympic duty this week...
Sky Blues in the Community’s Disability Manager Paul Reynolds leaves for Paralympic duty this week in his post as goalkeeper coach for the Great Britain Paralympic visually impaired and cerebral palsy football teams.
The Great Britain VI team kicks off its campaign in a 5-a-side, eight team competition on 31st August against Spain.
The cerebral palsy team meanwhile, starts on Saturday 1st September with a Preliminary fixture against Brazil in the 7-a-side competition. The CP competition is made up of eight men’s teams in a 20 match tournament.
The matches will take place at the 15,000 capacity Riverbank Arena on the Olympic Park, used most recently for the men’s and women’s hockey tournaments during the Olympic games.
Reynolds, who also coaches the England cerebral palsy and visually impaired teams said: "Both teams are training twice a day and everyone is getting geared up as the start draws closer. We are hoping for a podium finish for both teams, but the competition is going to be tough so it is by no means guaranteed ."
He added: "It has been a great summer of sport so far and we hope the interest continues throughout the Paralympics. We hope that we can add to the success of the Great Britain athletes during London 2012 and are very much looking forward to the competitions.’
Paralympic Flame comes to Coventry
The Paralympic Flame comes to Coventry this weekend as part of the national relay prior to The Games.
Sky Blues in the Community are amongst a host of local organisations welcoming the flame to Coventry, and will be delivering sessions at the event with fully trained coaches offering the public the chance to experience playing blind football.
The free event takes place on Saturday 25th August from 2-5pm at Millennium Place by the Coventry Transport Museum.