Six facts about...
Paul Maddison, Gifford
1 Maddison is a structural engineer with consultant Gifford.
2 He joined Gifford three years ago after graduating in Structural Engineering and Architecture from Sheffield University.
3 He has received a call up to the England futsal squad. Futsal is the internationalversion of five-a-side football and played widely and professionally on the Continent. The name comes from the Spanish for "football" and "halls".
4 He travelled to Malaysia at the end of January to play in the World 5's tournament where England have been drawn in a tough pool with Argentina, China and the host country.
5 Paul's first tournament for England was in Tbilisi, Georgia. England lost narrowly to Greece, who went on to pick up its first international victory in December.
6 Meanwhile, of more immediate urgency for Paul is the completion of a major new project for The University of Manchester – a development which has three blocks, including a 1000 seat circular lecture theatre. Maddison says, that designing this is even more technically demanding than futsal.
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