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Prince Harry finishes Lancashire tour with a visit to refugee and wheelchair sports teams

Prince Harry meets Invictus Games gold medalist Greg Dunnings at the Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre Photo: PA

Prince Harry's final visit of his Lancashire tour saw him meet football and wheelchair basketball players at the University of Central Lancashire sports arena in Preston.

He watched training sessions for refugees and women's teams from the Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre.

Among the players he spoke to was Sami Hary, 21, who moved to the UK from Sudan when he was 15.

Mr Hary said:

There are people from different backgrounds in the club.

"There are some others from Sudan and people from Somalia and Afghanistan and other places.

"Prince Harry asked me if I was happy in England, which obviously I am.

"I don't believe I have met him, it's like a dream.

"He makes you feel like you are his friend."

– Sami Hary
Prince Harry visits the Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre Credit: PA

Charlotte Chalder, 16, said she spoke to the prince about the success of the women's team.

She said:

"He pouted at me because I said we hadn't lost a game! He was so nice."

– Charlotte Chandler

Helen Gregson, 35, who plays for the Lancashire Bombers Wheelchair Basketball Club said she was "gobsmacked" when Harry gave her a hug after watching some of their training session.

She said:

I was overwhelmed."

– Helen Gregson

Club member Greg Dunnings, 26, met Harry for the third time, having met him in Canada after winning gold and silver medals in rowing at the Invictus games.

Mr Dunnings, who was injured in an IED blast in Helmand province in 2009, said he had started playing wheelchair basketball while recovering and began rowing last year.

He said:

Harry talked to me about the Invictus games and I explained how adaptive sports have helped me.

"I think clubs like this are massively important and I love coming down here."

– Greg Dunnings
Prince Harry meets wheelchair basketball players at the University of Central Lancashire Credit: PA

Both the soccer development centre and the Lancashire Bombers are involved with sports development charity Sported, which Harry has an existing connection with.

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