16 Jan 2017

Disability table tennis is the latest area to be showcased by the Premier League/BT Sport Disability Sport Programme, after the cameras focused on the story of Patrick Cox, a former table tennis player turned coach who led a special coaching session courtesy of the Leicester City FC Community Trust.

by Simon Daish

Patrick Cox, who has cerebral palsy, represented Great Britain at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games winning a gold medal at the tournament held in Greece.

Leicester City FC stunned the sporting world in 2016 when it was crowned English Premier League champion. Season ticket holder at the Football club Patrick Cox has now achieved the dream of working alongside his favourite team, after the Leicester City FC Community Trust stepped in to help Cox train to become a coach.

Ellesmere College sports hall recently hosted a special training session to encourage more younger people with disabilities to take up the sport and leading the event was none other than coach Patrick Cox.

“It’s ridiculous how proud I am of my achievements – not just as a Table Tennis player – but as a coach that I now get to work with Leicester City”, Patrick Cox.

Former Leicester City FC player Paul Dickov, who enjoyed two spells with the club from 2002 to 2004 and 2008 to 2010, was in attendance at the training event and had nothing but praise for coach Patrick and hopes to see his efforts inspire the young players who participated in the activities to get more involved in the sport.

“What an unbelievable kid he is. For him to be coaching and mentoring these kids, showing them a way forward and being an inspiration for them – it’ll be fantastic to see them going on and copying Patrick”, Paul Dickov.

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