UK’s biggest deaf friendly football competition

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The UK’s biggest deaf friendly football tournament will take place at the end of March, designed to encourage junior football clubs of all sizes to open up their teams to deaf players.

Deaf children are often excluded from mainstream sports activities because clubs fail to consider their needs and find out how they could make their club accessible.  For deaf children, the communication barrier can make football clubs intimidating environments, denying them the same opportunities as other children to take part.

Organisers, the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), are expecting up to 30 five-a-side teams from across the UK to enter.  Youth teams interested in taking part can sign up now, the only requirement is that three or more of their players are deaf. 

Hayley Jarvis, NDCS Inclusive Activities Manager, said: “There is a severe lack of accessible football activity for deaf young people across the UK: only 83 of out of 120,000 teams are registered as deaf friendly. This tournament celebrates the clubs and the coaches who have taken the simple steps to become accessible to deaf young people.

“Involving deaf children in football is great for their confidence and social skills.  We want to make sure that deaf young people have the same opportunities to take part in sports as any other children.  Clubs that would like to find out about taking part in the tournament or making their teams deaf friendly can contact us for advice,” said Ms Jarvis.

The tournament is part of the NDCS’ Deaf Friendly Football Project and will take place at the Derby Powerleague Soccerdome in Derwent Parade on Sunday 27th March and is now open for entries. Interested teams can email football @ndcs.org.uk or visit www. ndcs.org.uk/football for details.

Every Child Update
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