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Award for former pro footballer who inspired 2012 Paralympians

Former pro footballer David Mycock, of Todmorden, receives his Olympic Inspired Award from a representative of sponsors Lloyds TSB

Former pro footballer David Mycock, of Todmorden, receives his Olympic Inspired Award from a representative of sponsors Lloyds TSB

A FORMER professional footballer from Todmorden has won an award for his role coaching at the London Paralympics.

David Mycock was presented with the Olympic Inspired Award at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership Awards in recognition of his work coaching the Great Britain blind football team at the 2012 Games.

David said he was shocked to pick up the award, which praises those who have made strides in inspiring the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians.

“I’m really delighted and shocked to have won this award,” he said.

“There are lots of people in the two counties doing some excellent work to encourage people to get involved in sport.

“It means a lot that people think what I do is inspiring and making a difference.”

David is a senior lecturer in sports coaching science at the University of Worcester.

He is head coach of Worcester Blind Football Club and also gives his free time to coach youngsters at New College Worcester twice a week.

He has been responsible for scouting and coaching eight members of the England and Great Britain blind football squad in recent years.

David, whose family still live in Todmorden, played professional football for both Bolton Wanderers and Rochdale in the late 1980s.

 

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