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The Football Association has just opened a bespoke facility at St George's Park Training Centre, near Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire, for footballers who cannot, or who can only barely, see.

At the same time it is announcing a £1 million investment in blind football, hoping to capturing gold in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. A game was laid on at the launch and Rob Bonnet went to watch.

Hugely popular at the 2012 Paralympics, blind football is a derivative game of futsal. Playing five-a-side with a ball which makes noise, the game is not only fun to play, but gripping to watch.

The FA is encouraging any young visually impaired people to try the game as they prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

"If there's any blind people out there that want to play a fun, exciting game that can take them to exciting places all over the world and meet some brilliant people, then blind football is for them" says England captain Keryn Seal.

It's fast, technical, helps with mobility, is confidence building and could open the door to professional football. If you would like to find out how to start playing, contact your local FA about blind football opportunities.

England are among the favourites at the Blind Football European Championship which is held in Hereford this week. However, should they win it will be a Welshman who will lift the trophy.

Bridgend-born Keryn Seal has worn the Three Lions on his chest almost 100 times, and he took time out from his preparations to give Sport Wales a guide to his sport.

But how are reporter Gareth Rhys Owen's dribbling skills when blindfolded? And can he keep his mouth shut whilst sitting in the stands?


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