The England Blind Football Team recently visited GRA’s Outdoor Leadership Centre at the National Football Centre, St. George’s Park ahead of their build up to the European Championships.
The squad and coaches participated in a number of activities at the Outdoor Leadership Centre as part of a team building exercise and as a farewell to Gary Knight, who is moving to a different role within The FA after a long time with the squad.
The squad were put through their paces on a cold morning at St. George’s Park taking on the Mohawk Walk low ropes challenge as a team before scaling the 40 foot climbing wall; with blind and sighted players and coaches all belaying one another.
Gary Knight, the departing England B1 Blind Team Manager and Disability Mentor, said: “It was great to see the team work together in a different environment. The session further embedded the teamwork and trust within the squad.”
The squad are now back at St. George’s Park preparing for this summer’s European Championships. Furthermore, the Outdoor Leadership Centre is enjoying a growing reputation within the football world as a chance to enhance team building and leadership. St. George's Park Managing Director, Julie Harrington, said: "Since it opened in July of last year, the Outdoor Leadership Centre has already been hugely popular with the football business we've had at St. George's Park.”