The University of Chichester has been chosen to lead innovative research into a developing a sports-specific classification system for blind football.
Experts from the West Sussex institution were selected to carry out the project by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) to allow the sport to meet the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) classification code and international standards.
Chichester was chosen from 12 universities to lead the assignment.
Dr Oliver Runswick, a senior lecturer in sport and exercise psychology at the University of Chichester’s Institute of Sport, will lead the research alongside five experts from the fields of sports science, physiology and optometry.
He said: “We are delighted to have been selected from a number of strong applications to take the lead on this project. It’s fantastic to be involved with a project that can have a real and positive impact on the sport.