We helped the GB Blind Football Team prepare for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
We provided them with equipment – such as Sigvaris Compression Wear, full home and away football kit, and paid-for training camps in the UK and abroad. This support paid off as at London 2012 the British side narrowly missed out by losing their final group-stage game 0-1 to Iran. If they had won by two goals they could have been in the medal matches. The team finished in 7th place in the competition.
The team for London included Dave Clarke, who featured in Channel 4’s documentary Inside Incredible Athletes. Dave Clarke has made 144 International appearances, including five World Cups and six European Championships. Earlier in 2013 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Football Association. He truly is an inspiring figure not only within Blind Football, but as a fantastic sportsman and at Dream It Believe It Achieve It we were excited to be even a small part of his achievement.
Our involvement with Blind Football continued after the Paralympic Games; currently we are supporting the National Blind Futsal League, in association with the Football Association, and we are currently funding the National Blind League from 2012-2014.
More information can be found about the GB Blind Football team at http://www.thefa.com/team-gb/team-gb-blind-squad