With GB’s adventure in Portugal having completed with a prestigious 2nd
place, winning Silver. FDFC’s Mark Gill was part of the adventure, and
has been mentioned on London Metropolitan’s website.

Here’s what Mark had to say about the grant being given to him from the university.

“I was delighted to get a sponsorship cheque from London Metropolitan University
as this helped to reduce my burden to ensure that I am well funded and
enabled to go on the plane to Portugal for 2007 European Deaf Football
Championship with Great Britain. The experience of my participation in European
Championship with Great Britain was beyond my wildest dreams and to achieved
the Silver is something that I would cherish this for the rest of my life.
Without the university football, I don’t think I would make it into the GB
squad, so all of my appreciations must go to my university football managements
who has given me every opportunity to play football for the university team.”

Sports student represents Great Britain at the European Deaf Football Championship

London Metropolitan University Sports Management student, Mark Gill (pictured right with Sports Manager Ian Jennings), recently represented Great Britain at the European Deaf Football Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.

Deaf football has a proud history in Great Britain dating back to 1871. The team are currently ranked number one in the world.

Having beaten Portugal and the Czech Republic in their group games and Denmark in the quarterfinals, they went on to meet Ireland in a ‘full bloodied battle’ of a semi-final. After going down 1-0 in the first five minutes, the Great Britain team came back to win 3-1 and secure their place in the finals.

Great Britain scored within the first few minutes but France stepped up a gear and went on to win 2-1. However, Mark said that he was ‘immensely proud’ to have left Portugal with a silver medal and expressed his gratitude to Sports Manager, Ian Jennings, and the University’s Sports Department whose sponsorship sent him to Portugal.

As well as representing his country, Mark has played for the University football team for two years before taking up a work placement. He is now back in training and hopes to clinch a place in the Great Britain Deaf Team for the Deaflympics in Taiwan in 2009.

Source: London Metropolitan University