A selfie taken by Charlie, smiling at the camera!

Each Thursday we want to put the spotlight on a person involved with goalball – from players, officials to coaches, or anyone!

We want to use our online platforms so the Goalball Family can get to know each other a bit better ahead of getting back on the court and playing our sport again!

This week we caught up with Charlie Woodhead!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play for and coach Scarborough Panthers.

How did you discover goalball?

I used to attend local community sessions of sport for visually impaired people and got introduced to goalball then. A few years later me and a few friends founded our first local team, not knowing it was a national thing, and haven’t looked back since!

Is there a particular song, artist or genre that you listen to before a tournament to get in the mood? Or anything you’re loving at the moment?

I normally love anything with a bit of piano to it that is relaxing, though relaxing doesn’t help me get ready to be fit so it’d have to be something with a bit of a beat to it. I find ‘I AM’ by Club Yoko a good paced song for my lockdown walks! Failing that, some upbeat Eurovision tunes are always a good call!

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

Not really. The thing I love most about goalball is how friendly we are, even within our rivalries. I always like to introduce myself to new people before and after we play and get to know each other off court too!

Image shows Charlie stood with his Scarborough teammates in front of a Goalball UK banner

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

You can’t go wrong with TGI Fridays, or a good Italian failing that!

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

I might be a bit biased as one of their coaches, but it has to be Stuart and Chelsea Hudson for me. I’ve been playing goalball for nearly 9 years now and have met many amazing people, but ever since we started them off when they were a fraction of my height, to now (where I’m a fraction of their height!) they have progressed so so far and gone from training in a hall in Scarborough to representing the country; can’t ask for more than that in terms of progress!

Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?

Anyone who knows me knows my entire life is basically trains! I live, love and work all things trains so it’s definitely my hobby as well as my career. And what comes with that is a love for travel, and it’s a great way to get to see many people I meet through goalball from all around the country!

Image shows Charlie stood happily in front of a train!

Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?

I am not a big ‘going abroad’ person – like to stick to what I know – but I’ve never been to Germany so that’d be a good place to tick off!

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