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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 09:09 GMT
British football at Paralympics
Great Britain looks set to field a football team at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games.

British Paralympic Association (BPA) board members voted to field a team made up of the home nations, subject to qualification standards being met.

There are two Paralympic football competitions one for the blind and one for those with cerebral palsy.

The Scotland and Wales football associations say they will not take part in a British team at London 2012.

The BPA stresses it is keen to create a selection process that offers fair opportunities to players from each of the home nations.

If Britain wants to participate fully we must ensure that systems and appropriate frameworks for player development are in place
BPA chief Phil Lane

Meanwhile, the BPA's chief said its aim is to to ensure Britain has representation in all team sports at London 2012.

"It is essential that these sports perform with credibility in 2012 and, therefore, they will have to meet some exacting milestones along the way to be certain of endorsement", said Phil Lane.

"If Britain wants to participate fully we must ensure that systems and appropriate frameworks for player development are in place now. "In the case of football, we've already had talks with the FA, Welsh and Scottish Disability Sport as well as the relevant disability sports organisations and there is great enthusiasm for the project.

"We're looking to our funding partners to assist us in funding this decision on team sports, especially in the areas of talent identification and development."


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