The latest batch of free tickets for deaf children and their families have been released with this weekend’s game against last year’s cup giant-killers Bradford City up for grabs. Don’t delay!
Three other fixtures are available too and are free for deaf children with an accompanying adult plus another ticket courtesy of top Peterborough charity The Free Kicks Foundation.
The next few months are crucial for Posh in order stay in the hunt for a play-off place and return to the Championship under the stewardship of new manager Graham Westley. Westley has shaken up the club and the fans are in awe of the team’s attacking style and the addition of some new signings.
Get yourself a ringside seat for what looks set to be a memorable fight for promotion. All for free for a deaf child and two companions!
Posh and St John’s Reserves played out an entertaining 3-3 draw on Sunday.
St John’s bought their bag of naughty tricks but Posh did their best to ignore it and for most of the game managed to keep focused on the game itself.
Cameron Cockerill, Posh’s enigmatic striker, bagged three more goals to add to his impressive record. Cockerill scored a penalty after the St john’s keeper needlessly shoved a Posh player in the face in full view of the referee.
Vitor Balde, Posh’s youngest player, was given 10 minutes at the end of the game to make his debut. Soon after, the St John’s left back hit Vitor with a deliberate off-the-ball blow in the back unseen by the referee. Vitor didn’t seem to care.
St John’s fantastic youngster Yasseen Miah scored a marvellous goal after a 1-2 with the very-mischievous veteran Memnos Costi to add to the two goals he scored against Posh last time around. He’s fast and accurate.
Liam Avey and Dean Connolley were made to work hard at the back but both put in a full shift and some full-bloodied challenges.
Peterborough’s next game is against Fulham in the English Deaf Cup Quarter Final
Check out some of the pictures from the game courtesy of our volunteer club photographer Tim Symonds. You can see more of his work here www.timsymonds.co.uk
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.
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.
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.
Are you deaf and want to become a football coach? Now could be your chance!
Peterborough United’s deaf football teams working with Northamptonshire FA and UK Deaf Sport are launching an FA Coaching Level 1 course in BSL which will enable up to 24 football coaches who use sign language to get qualified and begin their coaching careers.
Its open to both men and women over 16 years old.
As well as being in sign language, its also £50 cheaper than standard FA coaching level 1 courses with Posh Deaf and UK deaf sport funding the communication and cutting the cost.
The course takes places over 6 dates in Peterborough during March (see below). The tutor will be working alongside a fluent BSL level 6 sign language user who has years of experience in football.
Andy Palmer, Peterborough United’s deaf football project coordinator said:
“The future of deaf football depends on having deaf-aware coaches and coaches that can use sign language. There just isn’t enough of them.
“Using Lottery funding we’re able to work with Northamptonshire FA and UK Deaf Sport to not only fund the sign language element of this course but contribute towards the cost too so we get as many people qualified as possible and find the coaches of future deaf football teams.”
Clive Breedon, UK Deaf Sport, National Participation Officer said:
“It’s great to see partnership working with Northamptonshire FA and Peterborough United’s Deaf Football teams to create the opportunities for people who are deaf start their coaching journey.
“Not enough people who are deaf becoming coaches therefore UK Deaf Sport have also provided a coach bursary to help stimulate interest.”
Dates of the course:
Thursday 3rd March 6:30-8:30pm
Tuesday 8th March 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday 10th March 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday 19th March 9-5pm
Sunday 20th March 9-5pm
Saturday 26th March 9-5pm
Peterborough United’s deaf football team’s super-hunk goalkeeper Michael Easton featured with his older brother Dan on ITV’s Ninja Warrior UK on Saturday Night.
Michael didn’t make it to the end but wowed the crowd with his balance and power before ending up in the water. He managed to beat his brother, which, as presenter and ex-footballer Chris Kamara said, was his aim.
Michael signed for Posh Deaf in the summer and put in some impressive performances. He’s also represented GB’s deaf squash and snowboard teams, is a qualified personal trainer and works as a snowboarding instructor.
Watch Mike and Dan in action here from about 30 minutes in. http://www.itv.com/hub/ninja-warrior-uk/2a3704a0011
Football for deaf people in East Anglia and East Midlands