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Generosity of the FA helps deaf footballer

Katie Edwards, a Shropshire student, who is playing for England in the World Deaf Futsal Championships in Sweden, said the trip had been made possible by sponsorship from the FA (Football Association).

Edwards aged 19, from Wem, has already played for the Great Britain football team in the European Deaf Women Football Championship held in Bulgaria in June.

Edwards said:

"When I was playing for Great Britain I had to raise £2,000 last year to go to Bulgaria, and we found it really hard to raise that money, but with the FA it's all paid for."

The FA said it had provided sponsorship and all the support staff needed for the England squad to compete in the tournament.

A spokesman said:

"Currently the FA supports four disability England squads as we wish to ensure all abilities have the opportunity to reach their potential and wear the three lions."

The England team will be competing against 16 other countries including the current world champions Germany.

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