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England football legend supports Gloucestershire charity

One of the greats of English football was the guest of honour at a special series of events organised by Gloucestershire charity Goals Beyond Grass.

Sir Geoff Hurst, the hat-trick hero of England's 1966 World Cup win, was guest of honour at the awards night at the end of three days of events organised by Goals Beyond Grass.

He presented the 18 powerchair footballers with awards and met with their carers at the end of what the charity called a "Festival of Training."

As well as meeting Sir Geoff, the young players were trained by England Powerchair Football international players and coaches at the University of Gloucestershire.

Brian Dix founder of Goals Beyond Grass said: "It was great to see such a diverse group of young people come together to play, train and improve their skills over three days.

"Their only complaint was that they wanted it to be five days.

"I would like to thank the University of Gloucestershire, True Potential Wealth Management, Henry's Tea Rooms in Cheltenham, DC&M and the Gloucestershire FA for their sponsorship and support."

Goals beyond Grass have expanded their outreach programme which sees them raise awareness of the sport by offering companies, schools and colleges the chance to sample the speed of powerchair football.

They now have 37 different organisations involved in events that range from taster sessions for care home residents to competitive training sessions on the custom-built chairs.

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