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Deaf Tag rugby

Peter 3rd from the left at the back with children from Sign Hi

On Tuesday 12th June, Fylde RFC’s Community Coach and England Deaf International Peter Altham was approached by Sign Hi Say Hi Club to provide a coaching session for deaf/hard of hearing children at Highfield Humanities College for Fylde Deaf Children’s Society and with a few participants coming down from Lancaster and Morecambe Deaf Children’s Society. There were 20 participants including both genders and aged 5-18, many of them playing rugby for the first time.

The sessions were based around Tag Rugby to give the young people an experience of a team sport with the challenge of communicating with each other and overcoming tasks working together. In addition, tag rugby uses a variety of physical skills, including hand eye coordination and evasion skills, as well as being lots of fun.

Within the sessions the young people played fun games including ‘Bull Dog Tag’ and ‘One on One’ which was definitely a firm favourite. All of the games are adapted to pick up elements of rugby such as tagging, passing and running skills and to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

Peter Altham said ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching the children. They have been an absolute pleasure to coach as they worked hard and showed the great skills that are needed in tag rugby. I have explained to them that even though they have hearing loss this shouldn’t prevent them from taking part in sport at all. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t play sport – nothing should stop you!

Sign Hi Say Hi Club is a ‘drop in’ for deaf/HI children & deaf young people, their families, siblings, parents, carers and friends. The club was started by parents from Fylde Deaf Children’s Society (FDCS) which is linked to the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS). The Club is now run in partnership with the Play Inclusion Project (PIP). All deaf children & young people are welcome, from birth to young adults whether they choose to communicate by speech or BSL.

Adam ThomasWell done to Adam Thomas who was selected as the sighted goalkeeper for the England u18’s Visual Impaired football team against Ireland on the weekend of the 26th May. Needless to say England won both matches played over the weekend. In Adam’s words “the experience was totally awesome”

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has recently received information both from Lancashire County Council as a result of
a Freedom of Information request, as well as from Local Deaf Children’s Societies about services for deaf children in the area. NDCS is particularly concerned about:

1. Plans to cut 2.7 Teacher of the Deaf posts, cuts to 2 Communication Support Worker posts as well as a 0.3 cut to deaf role model posts in
2012/13. These were revealed in a recent Freedom of Information request.
2. Lack of commitment from the council to review the current social care pathways to ensure that they are as robust as possible for deaf children and young people.
3. The level of involvement of parents in changes to services.

What are we going to do about it?

We have put together a questionnaire for parents to fill out so we can share your experience of services for deaf children to the Council. NDCS and Local Deaf Children’s Societies are meeting with the Council on the 5 July, and we want to ensure that we are able to represent your views. This questionnaire will still remain open after this meeting. More information For more information about what is going on, please check our webpage dedicated to Lancashire.

If you would like any more information, please contact the Campaigns Team by emailing campaigns@ndcs.org.uk or call 0207 014 1148.

Fylde, Wyre & Blackpool DCS

c/o PIP

Office 1 & 2

13-15 Preston Street

Fleetwood

FY7 6JD


Registered charity 1037445


About Us

We're a group of parents and those working with deaf children who want a better deal for deaf children and their families.


We feel that it is helpful to come together to share information and meet others in the same position because by coming together we are able to give support and swap ideas.


At Fylde DCS, you'll find both deaf and hearing parents with a wealth of experience of deafness. They may have experienced some of the difficulties you may be facing. We may be able to help or, if not, we can put you in touch with others who can.


Contact Us

If you would like to find out more please contact:


Karen McLeod – Secretary

07437 335655

signhisayhi@ndcsgroup.org.uk

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