AMPUTEE FOOTBALL: Goalkeeper Gary to represent England in first European Championships
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Goalkeeper Gary Marheineke is chasing more international success with England in the coming days.
Marheineke is part of the national squad for the inaugural European Amputee Football Federation Championships in Turkey.
The 33 year-old helped England win the big Amp Futbol Cup in Poland earlier this year and insists preparations have gone well for their latest assignment.
“I’m proud to be involved in the first European Championships,” said Marheineke. “It’s always an honour to represent my country.
“We’ve got to go to Turkey with the mindset that we can win the tournament although we will have probably have over-achieved - purely based on the funding that we receive compared to other countries - if we reach the semi-finals.
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“We’ve prepared as well as we possibly can. We’ve trained throughout the year and are in the best position we’ve ever been in.
“We’ve adapted a different philopshy under a different manager, and got the results as we proved in the Poland. Everyone has bought in to what we’re trying to do.”
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England play Greece in their opening group game on Tuesday. They then face Ireland the following day and Russia on Thursday.
The latter stages of the tournament take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in Istanbul.
Amputee football matches last for 50 minutes and feature seven players on each team.
Marheineke is a well-known figure in this area. He is currently part of the St Ives Town Under 18s management team.
He works as a coach for the Football Association and is also behind a goalkeeping camp which takes place at the One Leisure Outdoor Centre in St Ives on Tuesdays.
The sessions are open to boys and girls aged between seven and 17. Anyone interested should contact Marheineke by email at email@example.com