Local futsal player, Jose Lima, is representing England in the Partially Sighted (B2 - B3) Futsal World Cup in Sendai, Japan.
The England Partially Sighted Futsal Team are ranked fourth in world following successes at previous tournaments and will be looking to improve on their best finish of third in a major tournament.
Jose was first introduced to the England squad after playing in a friendly against them for Team Bath. As partially sighted teams can have a sighted goalkeeper, Jose was invited to train with the squad and this will be his first major tournament.
Since moving to Cambridge, Jose has been helping Cambridgeshire FA to develop futsal within the county and helps to run the weekly “turn up and play” futsal sessions in Cambourne.
The England partially sighted squad have attended training weekends at St George’s Park to prepare for the tournament and will be in Japan for two weeks.
Jose said: “The majority of the squad have come through the disability development pathways within the last two years, through regional centres of excellence and then into the development squad. I am looking forward to representing England with them and playing in an amazing arena against the top nations.”
PICTURE BY MARC TAYLOR