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Irish Deaf Soccer Team needs new blood!

Posted: 18th April 2016

DeafHear.ie DeafHear.ie Irish International Jeff Hendrick to support issues around deafness and hearing loss.

Jeff Hendrick


Recently Irish soccer international Jeff Hendrick visited Deaf Village Ireland where he met with the manager of the Irish Deaf soccer team Jamie Wilson, and Joey Watson from Deaf Sports Ireland (DSI). Jamie and Joey are anxious to recruit new players to the Irish team to boost their chances of qualifying for the Deaflympics in Turkey next year.

In the past getting the best players for the Irish team was relatively easy, as most young people with hearing loss went to the schools for Deaf children in Cabra.

However, in recent years more and more Deaf and Hard of Hearing children have been attending mainstream schools. “This has meant that we haven’t been able to recruit as many players as in the past” says Joey Watson of DSI.

Joey points out that you don’t have to be profoundly Deaf or a sign language user to qualify to play for the Irish Deaf team. A person must have a hearing loss of at least 55dB to play for the team… and of course they must be a reasonably good soccer player!

Wearing the Green Jersey

Jamie says that he would really like to strengthen the squad for the qualifying campaign, and would encourage any young player who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing to get in touch with himself or Joey in DSI. He says that being part of the squad is fun, challenging, and of course provides an opportunity to represent your country and wear the Green jersey. There is also the opportunity to travel, and the next qualifier match is in Budapest against Hungary in October.

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Both Jamie and Joey were delighted to meet Jeff Hendrick recently in DVI, where Jeff was supporting Deaf Sports Ireland in their efforts to attract young Deaf soccer players from around the country. If anyone would like to get a trial for the Irish team, simply get in touch with Joey at: Joeywatson@deafsportsireland.com

DeafHear.ie Irish International Jeff Hendrick to support issues around deafness and hearing loss. Jeff pictured with Jamie Wilson and Joey Watson. 2016

Jeff pictured with Jamie Wilson and Joey Watson

Come on Ireland!

 

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