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LEADING amputee football players are to compete in a coveted tournament in Wigan borough next week.

Inspiring athletes from England, Germany, Poland and Ireland will prepare for the World and European Amputee Football Cups, and showcase the increasingly popular sport in the lead up to the Olympic and Paralympic games in a Four Nations competition at Leigh Sports Village.

Players may have both lower and upper limbs missing either through amputation or congenital deficiencies, can be any age but must be very fit to compete in the 50 minute long matches.

The tournament kick offs are from noon on Saturday March 31 and 9am on Sunday April 1 at LSV.

Simon Toon, Chief Executive of Leigh Sports Village which is an a EAFA official partner, said: “We’re delighted to host the Four Nation Amputee Football Tournament.

“We have an ongoing commitment to disability sport and believe that the state-of-the-art facilities at the Sports Village will provide the perfect venue for this prestigious event.”

Great Britain manager and player Dave Tweed said: “We have limited funding so it can be difficult to stage top international events but all the players are passionate about the game.

“It takes a lot of training and dedication to qualify for a nations cup team but despite all the odds we’ve managed to get four national teams together.”

The EAFA charity creates opportunities for amputees and others with limited use of their limbs – cancer patients, ex-service personnel and accident victims to play football at local, national and international level. A full fixture list for the event can be found at www.theeafa.co.uk/E4N_final_lres.pdf.