Lottery Funding gives boost to deaf football and swimming in Peterbrough

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A £10k National Lottery Awards for All grant has been awarded to the Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society to support deaf football and swimming in the Peterborough area.

In the ‘Get Healthy’ project, the £10k will be spend on promoting sports leadership and participation in the deaf community in Peterborough until April 2016.

It will be done by supporting deaf people to gain an FA Level 1 or 2 coaching qualification and support existing coaches to learn sign language with the aim of making football and swimming more accessible for deaf children and adults across the city.

awards-for-all-logoA special BSL interpreted FA Level 1 Coaching Course is scheduled to go ahead in November and football and swimming coaches will begin BSL courses in a few weeks time.

The project will also cover the cost of the hire of venues for deaf football, transport, equipment and interpreting costs for the deaf football project which is run in conjunction with Peterborough United.

The Peterborough United deaf football teams embark on their first season in the English Deaf Football League in two weeks and the Junior Team picked up the national championship in May at St George’s Park, the home of the England Football Team. In the last season, the deaf football project provided coaching to over 50 deaf players of all ages.

Deaf-Friendly swimming will also benefit from the funding. Swimming instructor Lisa Ryan who already has BSL Level 1 will soon be on her way to level 2 thanks to the funding. The swimming classes have made swimming both fun and accessible for deaf children and their siblings. Deaf children are usually unable to wear hearing aids or other devices in the water which can make instruction difficult in mainstream settings.

cropped-legends5.jpgChairman of PDDCS and Co-ordinator of the deaf football project said:

“We’re delighted to have been awarded this funding. It will help promote healthier lifestyles through sports participation and go some way to increasing the skills available in the city to make deaf sports sustainable.”

“The football and swimming that PDDCS are involved in are both very successful and essential and we are grateful to the Lottery for supporting our work.”

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