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BID Services receives £29,000 from Peter Harrison Foundation to fund one year multi sports youth club for young deaf people

BID Services is delighted to announce it has been awarded £29,000 from the Peter Harrison Foundation which will be used to deliver a one year sports project focused on providing more opportunities for young deaf people and their families to engage and participate in a range of sports.

Deaf people face many barriers in accessing sports, such as their communications needs and a lack of deaf coaches and role models resulting in low participation and poor sporting aspirations amongst the deaf community.

An Active People survey undertaken in 2014 identified that only 10% of deaf people take part in any sport lasting more than 30 minutes per week. This low level of physical activity means deaf people are more likely to be overweight, twice as likely to have high blood pressure and four times as likely to be on the verge of diabetes.

The project will support deaf coaches to set up sports clubs in the local community and to increase participation by delivering family friendly, fun and accessible events throughout the year such as football, rugby, basketball, cricket, ladies football and multi-sport activities. We will also deliver Deaf Awareness Training to mainstream sports centre staff.

BID will use some of the funds to continue its partnership with Longwill School for the Deaf by delivering a weekly multi sports club for 57 students aged 3-12 which has been hugely popular with the students and teachers at the school.

BID’s Project Manager, Mark Woodall: “We are delighted with the award from Peter Harrison as there is a real need to widen access to sports for the deaf community. Through the project we are hoping to extend the range of sport that is currently accessible and increase family participation within local communities”.

Posted 21st February 2017