Lancashire Lions group photo with Matt Wooff stood on the left side in his Lancashire top.

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

This week we caught up with Matt Wooff!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play at Intermediate level for the Lancashire Lions, and I also help a bit at the club with coaching.

How did you discover goalball?

I started playing at school when I was about 10. I was struggling to play team sports like basketball and football so my VI teacher, Paul Miller, introduced me to goalball and before long I was playing in tournaments for the Bury Schools team.

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 love Oasis. When I’m training though, I like something a bit more fast paced like The Prodigy.

Matt Wooff taking a selfie, Matt is wearing a blue shirt and a jacket.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

I always make sure that I do a thorough warm up and go into every game with a positive attitude.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

The night before a tournament I like a big bolognese and then, after a tournament, I like a carvery.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

Paul Miller who is still one of the coaches at Lancashire Lions has obviously had a big influence on me and helped me to progress. I also really admire Antonia Bunyan (GB Women) as she given me lots of great advice.

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

I’ve got 4 young children, so I don’t have a lot of free time! I enjoy going to the gym although to be honest I spend most of my time in the hydrotherapy pool and steam room!

Matt Woof stood in a Lancashire Lions team photo in front of a Goalball UK banner. All 4 players are holding trophies!!

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

I would really like to climb a mountain. I would also like to go to Egypt to see the Pyramids (whilst I still have some useful vision).

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