Hereford & Worcester

England win before Hereford's World Blind Football Cup

England squad in an international tournament
Image caption The football contains ball bearings

The English Blind Football team has beaten Greece 1-0 in a match ahead of a major international competition.

The friendly match took place at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford which is hosting the World Blind Football Championships next month.

It will feature 10 teams, including world champions Argentina.

The college is among places holding an open weekend ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The open weekend sees dozens of different free sporting and cultural events around the region.

Photography students at the Hereford college are involved in an event based around blind football during the open weekend.

They are photographing centre visitors taking penalties while wearing eye shades. Their photos and art work will appear in an exhibition at the college during the championships.

The football tournament will be held from 14 August and will act as a direct qualifier for the Paralympics in 2012.

Simon Hall, an England defender, said he "thinks and hopes" the team can do well in the competition.

More than £14m has been spent at the college developing sports facilities. It also has opened an academy for blind players.

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