Rio 2016: Search begins for Ireland's next Paralympic Football star
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Rio 2016: Search begins for Ireland's next Paralympic Football star

THE Ireland Paralympic squad are searching for the next national hero as they begin preparations for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

After finishing sixth in the Cerebral Palsy World Cup, the squad are offering a fantastic opportunity for the best players around the country with Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain injury, or those who have suffered a stroke to represent Ireland at one of the largest sporting events in the world.

The Football Association of Ireland are partnering with Paralympics Ireland in this new campaign ahead of a trial day at the FAI National Training Centre on Saturday, December 12, at 12pm.

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Any players aged between 16 and 30 years old, who have any of the aforementioned impairments, are eligible to try out for the team.

The current squad is made up of elite players who compete in some of the best leagues around the country and will be travelling to Brazil in the hope of securing gold.

Cerebral Palsy football is a 7-a-side game played on all surfaces with a smaller pitch and smaller goals. Check out this video above to learn more.