Deaf people’s access to sport is set to be revolutionised in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
After receiving funding from Sport England, Santander Bank and the Boshier-Hinton Foundation, CDA will recruit a part-time Deaf Sports and Leisure coordinator to serve the area’s deaf population.
The new coordinator’s role will be to support the running of Peterborough United’s deaf football team and The Peterborough Raptors basketball team as well as organise a whole host of new activity.
The new activity will likely include sports for women and girls, martial arts, walking football and other ways to keep active, like group gardening and walks. The funding will also go towards the continuation of Sammy’s Sports Club. A sports and activity club aimed at younger deaf people.
Work to recruit a new sports coordinator will begin soon.
Andrew Palmer, CDA’s Managing Director said: “Sports and physical activity are known to be good for physical and mental health and general wellbeing. It’s also a great way to meet new people and build lasting friendships.
“We’re lucky that there’s always been a healthy desire for sports in the deaf community in our area. Just look at Peterborough United’s deaf football team and our new basketball teams – both of which CDA are actively involved in – and you can see that dozens of young deaf people are enjoying sport each week.
“Sense (The charity for deafblind people) have been working with us on Basketball and Yoga but without the funding Yoga could be under threat even though its popular among smaller groups.
“So there’s lots of progress but there is so much more that can be done. There aren’t any deaf female sports teams in the area for example. There’s scope for other sports like marital arts or badminton and encouragement of other physical activity like rambling or gardening. We want to get things going across all of that.
“I’d like to thank Sport England, Santander and the Boshier-Hinton Foundation for getting this latest stage of our sport project off the ground. Without them this would not be possible.”
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