Cramlington United Help In St George’s Park National Deaf Tournament Build Up.
Newcastle United Foundation’s Junior Deaf Football team took on Cramlington United at Walker Activity Dome on Tuesday as a warm up for the National Deaf 5 a side Tournament on Sunday 3rd May at St George’s Park.
The main aim of the tournament, ran by the National Deaf Children’s Society, is to raise awareness of deaf football and help celebrate junior deaf football clubs in the country. However, the winning teams are also crowned the National Deaf Youth Football Champions and take home the coveted trophy with them.
The Foundation team representing the Magpies fought hard against well-established teams and a mixture of ages to reach the finals. Despite being narrowly beaten in the final by Morecambe FC, the team representing the Magpies have qualified for the national finals in May – A remarkable achievement as the club has only been in existence for three months.
Foundation Community Coach, Mark Daglish and Kev Gaffney, sessional coach and British Sign Language interpreter, created and managed the football team in a few short weeks in order to prepare them for the tournament, ensuing results far better than expected from a newly formed team at their first event.
Reggie Dornan project co-ordinator commented:
“We are very pleased that Cramlington United supported us by playing in a friendly at very short notice.
“We wanted a tough game for the build- up and that is certainly what we got. They played very well, and were a credit to their club.
“We used this fixture to help our team get used to playing better teams as the national tournament is going to be very tough. However we are heading to St George’s Park for the tournament very soon in good form to give it our best shot.”
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