The captain of England’s blind football team shared training tips with the next generation of talent at a session put on by Brighton & Hove Albion’s official charity.
Keryn Seal has more than 100 England caps and has played at a string of international tournaments, including the European Championship, World Championship and two Paralympic Games.
As England captain he spends a lot of time promoting the game across the country and recently attended a session with Albion in the Community (AITC).
The charity runs a talent centre for blind footballers on behalf of the FA and Mr Seal attended the training session where he met AITC’s young players and passed on some advice before demonstrating his shooting and dribbling skills.
Paul Brackley, AITC’s disability manager, said Mr Seal’s visit had a hugely-positive impact on AITC’s regular players.
He said: “To have someone of Keryn’s ability and experience join in with our session was a fantastic experience for our players. He has achieved so much in the game and is a real inspiration. For him to give up his time to help with our training session was brilliant.
“The players got a lot out of the session and on behalf of everyone at our blind talent centre I would like to thank Keryn for his help.”
As well as the blind talent centre, AITC also runs a similar programme for partially sighted and deaf players. The idea behind both is to identify and train promising young players with a view to providing potential future internationals.
AITC is one of only two clubs in the entire country to run two such centres for the FA.
For information on either talent centre, email email@example.com.