On 3rd of February UK Deaf Sport in partnership with Interactive and sponsors Fireco, launched the new DEAFinitely Inclusive Network in London to improve opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to play, coach and volunteer in sport and physical activity.
According to the Sport England Active People Survey people who are deaf or hard of hearing are the least likely group to participate in sport. The new DEAFinitely Inclusive Network will bring together a wide range of organisations, sport and leisure providers and deaf community groups from across London, to understand and address the barriers deaf people face when wanting to take part in sport and physical activity.
Representatives from key sports organisations attended the launch event at The Ibis Styles Hotel at Excel London Exhibition Centre, including: Sport England, Interactive, English Federation of Disability Sport and National Governing Bodies of Sport. They came together alongside deaf community organisations such as National Deaf Children’s Society, CommunityID, Action on Hearing Loss, local organisations such as Harrow Deaf Club, Newham Deaf Forum and representation from the London Borough Councils in discussions about how to work together to improve access to sporting activities for deaf people.
Director of Development at UK Deaf Sport, Lee Dolby said:
“Today’s launch is the biggest event we’ve held to date, with over 80 delegates in attendance. More importantly it’s a big step forward for deaf sport and builds on the success of the other networks that we have in other areas of the country. It’s been fantastic to see so many organisations come together and show their commitment to becoming DEAFinitely Inclusive and creating more opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to play, coach and volunteer in sport and physical activity. ”
Development Manager at Interactive Alex Gibbons said :
“Interactive is proud to be associated with the first DEAFinitely Inclusive network meeting in London and is committed to supporting the network to grow and develop. It was fantastic to see representatives from a range of sectors and organisations in attendance, all providing valuable contributions on the day. We believe this is the beginning of a passionate and influential network that will make a positive and lasting difference to deaf people’s participation in sport across the capital.”
London is the latest Network to be launched by UK Deaf Sport as part of the DEAFinitely Inclusive community programme. There are three other DEAFinitely Inclusive Networks across the country that bring together over 200 local, regional and national organisations from sport and disability sector. All with the aim to improve the provision and access of sport and physical activity for deaf and hard of hearing people. people to enable them to reach their full potential in Sport.
UK Deaf Sport
UK Deaf Sport is a National Disability Sport Organisation and registered strategic lead for Deaf Sport across the UK. Our mission in to create a world leading system for deaf people to participate and succeed in sport, enabling more deaf people to participate and reach their full potential in sport. www.ukdeafsport.org.uk