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Lancaster Alumnus captained Britain’s Football Team at Paralympics

09/05/2012 00:00:00

​Lancaster University graduate Dave Clarke took centre stage as captain of Britain's Football 5-a-side team at the Paralympic Games London 2012.

The 42-year-old Senior Partner at Clydesdale Bank PLC completed an MA in Diplomacy at what is now Lancaster University’s Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion in 1993.

As captain of Britain's Football 5-a-side team, Dave was the most experienced member of the squad, having represented ParalympicsGB at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Before taking to the Football pitch, he represented his country in the Paralympic-specific sport of Goalball when he competed at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.

In addition to the Paralympic Games, Dave also has played Football 5-a-side at five World Cups and six European Championships. He has been awarded the Golden Boot at three World Cups, most recently at the 2011 IBSA European Championships in Aksaray, Turkey, where he was the tournament's highest scorer with six goals.

He has also featured on Channel 4’s ‘Inside Incredible Athletes’.