Exeter PCSO to Join Paralympic Team

Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police

An Exeter PCSO will be swapping his uniform for the Team GB kit when he represents the nation at the Paralympics later this month.

PCSO Daniel James will be in goal for the Team GB five-a-side blind football team as they hope to bring home a medal from the Games.

Dan explained that the only player allowed to be sighted is the goalkeeper.

“It’s a great honour for me to be part of Team GB. Blind football is very different to regular football and people will be blown away if they haven’t watched the game before”, says Dan.

He first got involved after meeting a player at the local gym who also represented England and a few weeks later Dan was drafted in as the team was a player short.

He then worked his way up to becoming a regular selection and made it into the first team, representing England at the 2008 Olympics.

“We are one of the only teams in the Games who don’t play the sport full-time as we all have other jobs. Despite that, I believe we stand a really good chance. We were 5th in Beijing and came fourth in the world cup tournament last year, but we’ve really developed as a team and hope to bring home a medal. We’re up against some world class teams such as Argentina, but we just need to concentrate on starting off well in our opening game against Spain.”

The first game for Team GB is against Spain on Friday 31 August at 3.30pm.

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