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Youth player Will Palmer makes England Squads


Posh Deaf forward Will Palmer has been selected for both England U21 futsal squad and the mens 11-a-side teams in deaf football.

Palmer, who has been with Posh deaf since it was established in 2012 as an 11-year old, also plays for Peterborough Northern Star’s Under 16’s team. He’s been involved with the FA’s talent camp for 2-years in preparation for selection to the squads.

He’s been selected for the England men’s 11-a-side squad ahead of their European Championships Qualifier against the Czech Republic in April.




Posh Deaf Youngster earns England Talent Call-up

Posh Deaf under-16 Will Palmer has been selected for the FA’s England Emerging Talent Camps for deaf footballers after a trial in December and becomes the first Posh Deaf player selected to participate in National-level activity.

Will, far left, celebrates winning the NDCS National Championship in May 2015

Palmer, aged 14, captained the Posh Deaf Under 12 and under 13 sides to two Southern and one National championship and has been invited to participate in the three three-day camps held in Hereford over the course of the rest of the season. He will receive elite-level coaching from England staff, sports psychology and a gruelling training programme to complete between camps.

Will was invited to trial for the opportunity after impressing for the East Midland’s Centre of Excellence, part of the FA’s multi-million pound Disability Pathway, which seeks to identify and develop deaf or disabled footballing talent with the tantalising potential of eventually representing England.

Will Palmer ready for action

Palmer was given the news while training with the Peterborough United deaf adults team on Friday night and will join the first camp on the evening of his uncle’s wedding in February.

Will plays mainstream football for Peterborough Northern Star and has scored almost 100 goals in the Peterborough Junior Alliance league in the past four seasons. He scored over 30 goals last season for Northern Star as they won the league and cup double. He trains with the deaf teams on Monday nights at Peterborough Jack Hunt School from 7pm.

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Vitor is first youth player to sign for Posh deaf adults

15-year-old forward Vitor Balde from Peterborough has become the first player to graduate from Peterborough United’s deaf youth team and sign on as a player in the first team squad.


Vitor has been training with Peterborough’s deaf youth teams for three years and is a veteran of many youth tournaments.

He has also been selected to represent the East Midland’s Centre of Excellence for deaf footballers at Derby County for the third successive season.

He will continue to train and play with the youth team as they prepare for the NDCS tournament in March but will also train with the adult team with a view to him making his debut before the end of the season.

Vitor, who is originally from Guinea, put pen to paper last week under the watchful gaze of his brother and guardian, Habib Balde and Andy Palmer, coordinator of the Peterborough United deaf teams project.

Andy said: “It’s another landmark in our development to have one of our young players make the step up to play with our adult teams. Vitor has been a regular with our youth project and with Derby County over the last 3-years.”

“In 2015 we also established our deaf adult team, our youngsters picked up a couple of trophies and began to play mainstream opposition. We also launched our female training sessions too.”

“I hope we have another good year in 2016 where I’m sure Vitor will enjoy his football and we will introduce more of our youngsters into the adult squad.”

Peterborough’s next challenge is the British Deaf Futsal tournament in Leeds before facing Brighton away in the league on 17th January.



Andy Palmer, Vitor and Will on BBC Cambridgeshire talking about deaf football


Coordinator Andy Palmer and strikers Vitor Balde and Will Palmer were on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Friday 1st May talking about the deaf football project and the trip to the national deaf children’s final at St George’s Park, the home of English football.

You can watch the subtitles and listen to the audio of the interview or read the transcript below.


Studio presenter: This Sunday, a group of Peterborough schoolboys will get the experience of playing football at a World Class venue.

The Peterborough Deaf Football Team Under 13s have qualified for the National Deaf Children’s Soceity Tournament Final – which is being played at St George’s Park – the training base of England’s national sides.

Sam Edwards went along to Orton to meet two of the players – William Palmer and Vitor Balde – as well as co-ordinator Andy Palmer…

Andy: Ok Boys, sprint down to the cone and jog it back

(Sound of boys running on grass)

Andy: Hi I’m Andy Palmer and I’m the coordinator of Peterborough United’s deaf football teams.

What an incredible opportunity for the boys.

They’re going to be travelling to St George’s park, which is the home of the English national football team, and the team are going to face Newcastle United,Morecambe and Charlton Athletic to see who is the best under-13 football team in the country.

Sam Edwards: How have you got to this stage Andy?

Andy: We competed at the southern national tournament which was in Reading and that was a couple of months ago and we won that for the second year in a row, no now, this year, we have the opportunity to, not just win the Southern Area but progress through to the national.

Sam: And how long has deaf football been here in

Peterborough of this capacity?

Andy: We began the football sessions a couple of years ago

in January, so January 2013 and since then it’s gone from strength to strength. That started off with a nucleus of five or six kids and this year we have coached near on fifty players in four different age categories and now we have also just started a girls football team. It’s gone from strength to strength but the important thing is, it’s nice to go and play in a tournament, but the important thing is that we’re giving deaf people an opportunity to play football and reach their potential.

(Andy talks to players in background: Ok two touches, nice and quick around the area please)

Sam: And Andy, your son, William, is one of the players. William, you’re excited to be going to St George’s Park?

William: Yeah definitely. It’s going to be great.

Actually, I have been there to watch England’s futsal team play against Lithuania, I think, but yeah, it’s really good!

Sam: What school do you go to William?

William: I go to Hampton College

Sam: And what year are you in?

William: Year 8

Sam: Deaf football. Do you enjoy playing it, what benefits do you get from it?

William: Well, sometimes with deaf kids, I find it easier to communicate because I know sign language too, but sometimes it’s a bit harder to communicate with hearing people, because sometimes I can’t hear them because I have cochlear implants. Yeah, it’s just harder sometimes.

Sam: Vitor. Deaf football in Peterborough. Do you enjoy it?

Vitor: Yeah. I really enjoy it. I go there every Monday and a lot of deaf children go there now. Sometimes I get fed up because I get blamed in football.

Sam: And what position are you Vitor?

Vitor: Last year I played left wing. This year I played forward.

Sam: Did you score many goals?

Vitor: I don’t know. I don’t keep count.

(Sam laughs)

Sam: So Andy, how does this differ from non-deaf football. What different structures are in place?

Andy: First and foremost, most obvious to the onlooker, would be that we have sign language interpreters there.

Sam: Do you know sign language then?

Andy: I do yes. I’ve signed many of the sessions and I learned to sign because my parents are both deaf so I learned that from birth. Secondly, we make sure that, all the instructions that the coaches give, all the children there, who might have cochlear implants or hearing aids, all understand the instructions before they go off and do it, so they feel completely included in the session. But, I think, when you see the looks on the kids’ faces, it makes it all worthwhile.

Sam: You’re affiliated with Peterborough United as well and they help out?

Andy: The Community Department at Peterborough United have been absolutely amazing towards our football project which just started with the deaf children’s society in Peterborough, and they have supported us all the way with kit, equipment, some coaching, tickets to the games for the kids, training facilities, transport. Yeah, it’s a superb football club.


Posh Deaf Youth teams return with trophy from Southern National Tournament

The entire team prepare to leave the Abax Stadium yesterday

The two teams deaf representing Peterborough United returned from the NDCS Southern National Tournament after winning the under-13’s category and the under 16 team finished in third place.

The under-16 team, managed by Qadeer Hussain, needed one more goal in their final match against Charlton to qualify for the top two that would contest the final and qualify for a play-off with the best from the Northern tournament at England’s base St George’s Park.

The under 13’s with coach Tash Applegate after receiving the trophy

The under-13’s faced Charlton in the final of their tournament and won 6-3 in a game which was closer than the scoreline suggested. They will now travel to St George’s park to face the top two teams from the Northern NDCS tournament on May 3rd.

Peterborough United’s Chairman, Darragh MacAnthony tweeted his congratulations