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YOUNGSTERS are learning what it means to be partially disabled during a summer blind football league.

Children are playing blindfolded in the competition, which is being held at Goals Soccer Centre, Copnor, until next month.

The initiative has been set up in conjunction with young people’s charity Motiv8 to raise awareness of those taking part in the Paralympics this year.

Tournament organiser David MacAskill said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity for some of our young people to recognise and appreciate the skills needed to play your favourite sport without sight.

‘Using a disability awareness programme like this we are able to challenge perceptions and introduce new skills.’

Goals Soccer Centre manager Dan Homer said: ‘It’s a great way of raising awareness and it’s for a great cause. At the same time we can have some fun in a safe, enjoyable environment.’