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Student paramedic to represent Scotland in six-a-side World Cup in Germany

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A student paramedic has been selected to represent Scotland in the six-a-side Football World Cup. Ritchie Maxwell, a student technician in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, will represent his country in Germany this month.

The 35-year-old will attend the tournament for nine days in Essen from June 3.Ritchie, who will be putting his best foot forward ahead of his hopeful qualification to become a paramedic, said: “I was delighted when I got the call asking if I could join up with the team - to represent your country in any sport is a great honour. "I’ve always played football since a young age and I spent most of my career playing for and managing Dalbeattie Star in the Lowland League and only left to join the service.

I've always played 6 a sided as part of training and now just to help keep fit.”Ritchie said Scotland has been involved in the World Cup for a few years now and was asked by a member of the team to attend a trial.He explained: “I went up to Glasgow a few times to train with the team and then got a call a few weeks ago to ask if I would like to be part of the team.”There are 44 countries taking part, which have been split into groups of four with the top two qualifying for the next stage.

Scotland is in a group with Ireland, Morocco and Georgia.Ritchie added: “Hopefully we can qualify from the group and get to the later stages, the Scotland team have a good record over the last few years so hopefully we can maintain that.

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