Peterborough United Deaf Football Club began as the Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society (PDDCS) team in 2013.
In January 2013, it was decided to enter a team into the National Deaf Children’s Society National Tournament in Reading under the name PDDCS. With a few month’s practice and a new kit, the under-12 team played and finished 4th in the group table.
Later in 2013, Peterborough United Affiliated the youth deaf teams who then played in the Peterborough United kit in the 2014 tournament. That year, three teams were entered – all reaching the semi-finals of their respective competitions with one under 12 side winning the trophy.
Later that year, the affiliation agreement expanded to incorporate an adults team that began to play in Peterborough colours in local five-a-side tournaments. In September 2014, Steve Long was appointed head coach of the adult team and a Peterborough United Deaf men’s team began training together for the first time.
Also in September, football coaching for deaf children aged 5-9 was incorporated which means that Peterborough has the only deaf football scheme for all ages in England. The scheme is managed by PDDCS in association with Peterborough United and Northamptonshire FA.
In November, the team played their first full match against Peterborough Northern Star FC losing 5-3.
All players of any age are welcome to join us. Contact Andy Palmer on 07949 571173 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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