Published 26 May 2022 4 min read
England Para Teams

England Women's blind team launched at first training camp

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Rob Leary

New England Para team formed and holds its first official training camp at St. George's Park
The England Women’s blind team held its first official training camp at the home of England football, St. George’s Park, last weekend.
 
Utilising the world-class facilities on site and the Tony Larkin Pitch – a bespoke pitch for blind football and one of only two in existence in the UK, the formation of the England Women’s blind team is part of our Football Your Way plan, which launched in October 2021.
 
This plan committed to develop, improve and raise awareness of disability football in England, with the newly-formed England Women’s blind team a result of the plan. 
 
The team spans a wealth of backgrounds, ages, and experiences in football – with some of the team having only recently taken up the sport.
 
Others in the squad have competed in other England Para teams, while two of the team are finishing up at university. All the players will receive world-class coaching and support services.
The group are still in their development stage and preparing for games later in 2022
The group are still in their development stage and preparing for games later in 2022
While the squad are in the earliest stages of their journey, they will travel as a developmental squad to take part in a series of international games next month in Pescara, Italy.
 
Our focus is on the long-term progression of the squad, while also helping them prepare to perform to the best of their abilities at a home World Championships, which will be held in Birmingham in August 2023. 
 
On the team’s creation, Female Para Development Coach Lauren Asquith, said: “We're delighted that blind and partially sighted women now have a pathway to representing their country with the England Women’s blind team.

"The first sessions have been incredible and the dedication the players have shown to the tactical disciplines and specifics of the game has been brilliant.

"The Football Your Way plan set out to deliver for teams like this, and we hope it’s the start of something that continues to open up doors to all types of football."
 
The players and staff of the England Women's blind team at St. George's Park
The players and staff of the England Women's blind team at St. George's Park

The players on duty at the first training camp were Katie Christopher, Molly Ripley, Kaitlyn Clark, Lucja Wyrwantowicz, Alice Hopkins, Samantha Gough, Natasha Mead and Nell Doubledee.

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