Away the lads and lasses — DiaEuro team returns

Congrats to the UK and Ireland Futsal team who have returned from DiaEuro in Kiev with their heads held high after a strong performance. They didn’t come first place, but the spirit of the team showcased the limitless goals one can achieve while living with T1D. Thanks to their Dexcom G6 CGM devices, the team was able to monitor their glucose value numbers on their smart devices, helping them train and perform at the top of their game.

July saw the UK’s all-diabetic futsal team take part in the European Futsal Championships in Kiev for people with Diabetes (DiaEuro). The project was the work of The Diabetes Football Community, which selected 11 players with Type 1 diabetes and three members of non-playing staff to represent the UK. In total, 10 countries across Europe headed to Ukraine, with last year’s champions Bosnia & Herzegovina also making the trip.

Futsal is the official format of 5-a-side football affiliated to FIFA and is played all over the world with its roots embedded in South American culture. DiaEuro aims to help people with diabetes stay in (or get back to) sport and play competitively against other all-diabetic teams who understand the constraints of living with the condition.

Back row L-R: Amelia Webb (Physio), Jon peach, Tim Ward, Scott Burrell, Calvin Ferguson, Zak Brown, Jon Tyrrell.

Front row L-R: Harley Simpson (Head Coach), Chris Bright (Player Manager), Toby McCauley, Jack O’Brien, Ian Dingwall.

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