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Academy Coach All Set For Amputee World Cup

25 November 2014

Oldham Athletic lead youth development phase coach, Pete Wild, is set to fly out to Mexico tomorrow ahead of the Amputee World Cup.

The youth coach, who is also the Head Coach of the Great Britain amputee team, will lead his 11-man squad to North America as he hopes to bring home the silverware in the showpiece event.

The competition comes around every two years with Great Britain finishing fifth last time around but it has been far from a relaxing experience for the players and staff. 

Wild said: "All the players and all the staff have had to raise £2,000 a piece to go to the World Cup so not only have they got full time jobs and preparing for the peak of their careers, they have got to find the funds to afford to go so it has been a long process.

"It's been hard for a lot of the players. Not only do they have to deal with everyday struggles but they have had to raise a substantial amount of money to fund the trip which has not been ideal. We are all set now though and everyone cannot wait to get stuck into it.

"We have done a lot of training over the past 6-8 months and we are prepared and ready. It has been a tough time for all of the lads but I don't think we could be anymore prepared as we fly out."

Wild has to juggle both jobs and admits it is not the easiest thing to do but is thankful to the club for allowing him the opportunity to head to the World Cup during the busy season.

"I've got massive commitments to Oldham Athletic and the club have been excellent with me in allowing me to go and do this," admitted the 30-year-old.

"I'd like to thank Tony Philliskirk for giving me the time off to go. This is something that is tough but fun to do. Oldham have been great with me and I'm proud to represent the country at the World Cup."

Great Britain have been drawn in Group F with Ghana and Angola in a group of three. "All of the others have a group of four so we will get an extra days rest and with the heat, it might turn out to be affective for us," commented Wild.

"I would be disappointed if we weren't in the top four in the world but I think we will need a little bit of luck but fingers crossed it will be our year."

Everybody at Oldham Athletic would like to wish Pete and the GB amputee team the best of luck for the World Cup.

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