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.