The UK’s biggest annual tournament for deaf and deaf friendly football clubs will take place on 4 March in Liverpool and on 18 March in Reading.
The National Deaf Youth Football Tournament, organised by the National Deaf Children’s Society, will involve hundreds of deaf children and young people. Teams can include both hearing and deaf children but there must be at least three deaf players in each team.
Communication barriers can make the football pitch an intimidating environment for those with hearing impairments, and deaf young people are often be excluded from taking part in mainstream sports activities.
Commenting on the launch of the tournament, GB Deaf Ladies Footballer Victoria Wenman said that taking part in deaf friendly football had helped her to indulge her love for the game and develop as a person: “It was only through playing with my deaf team that I really thrived as a confident player”, she said. “My coach knew how to communicate with me whereas in other teams I’d played in, communication had been an issue. It is so important that deaf young people have the same access to sport as other young people.”
For further information, visit: www.ndcs.org.uk/football