Foundation Youngsters Heading To Deaf Tournament Finals At St George’s Park
Newcastle United Foundation’s Deaf under 13’s football team travelled to Liverpool for the annual National Deaf Youth Tournament on Sunday.
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 finalists from each region will be invited to a National Final at St. Georges Park, the home of the England Football Team.
The youngsters representing Newcastle United 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.
The Richardson family, who travelled down to watch son, Alex, take part in tournament commented on the trip:
“We have only been going for 3 months and already on our way to St George’s! Thanks to Kev, Mark and Reggie, we were able to compete in this tournament.” Alex commented.
Ceri and Grant, Alex’s parents added:
” We would like to say a big thank you to our excellent coaches, who helped us come this far in this short space of time. Well done and already we are looking forwards to our trip to St George’s Park!
“I have played for Newcastle Deaf FC competivetly at National and Europe for many years. We are grateful for Newcastle United Foundation to allow our son, Alex to be involved NDCS 5-a-side competition at Liverpool.
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, Disability Football Coordinator commented on the result:
“I am incredibly proud of what the group achieved this weekend.
“All credit goes to our Foundation coaches Mark Daglish and Kev Gaffney who have moulded the team so well in such a short time and also to the dedicated players and parents who showed their support.”
We look forward to cheering them on at the finals on 3rd May 2015 at St George’s Park.
For more information, please email Reggie Dornan on email@example.com
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