Q and A with Keryn Seal, Captain of the England Blind Football Team
Eye Health Keryn Seal talks about how he got into the sport, his proudest moments and how others can follow suit.
How did you get into blind football?
A: Almost by chance. After I lost my sight in 2002 I played blind cricket. When I discovered that blind football was a Paralympic sport I investigated. Then someone dropped out of the England Blind Football team and a friend who knew the coach introduced me. I went to a training camp and within three months I was playing at the European championships. It was a baptism of fire.
How long have you been playing?
A: Ten years. At first I was concerned to ensure that I was up to the high standards of the rest of the team, so I got regular coaching. I think it worked.
What was your proudest moment?
A: Being selected to play in the 2012 Paralympics before a 3,500 crowd including my family. After the Paralympics the captain retired and I was offered the role. Now I am proud to lead out a terrific team each time we play.
What is the best thing about blind football?
A: The relationships I have built up with other players and the opportunity to play top level sport. Had I not lost my sight I'm sure I would not have had the chance to represent England 101 times.
What is your message to the wider public about blind football?
A: I'd recommend blind people to have a go - there are centres where you can try it. It improves spatial awareness and confidence that help blind people in any situation. To the general public I'd say see it. It's a skilful, fast game and fun to watch.