Deaftastics Multi-Sports Club
Deaftastics Multi-Sports Club offers sports opportunities for children with any degree of hearing loss, and their families. Children with hearing impairments often avoid taking part in sports at school or other settings because of communication difficulties, and they can feel embarrassed if an interpreter needs to be provided for them.
For many, the club offers the only chance to take part in sports activities with other young people who share their needs so they don’t feel isolated and can relax and have fun. Evidence shows that deaf children are more likely to suffer from low selfesteem, lack of confidence, mental health issues and isolation than their hearing peers. The club provides opportunities where language and communication are not barriers, enabling children to meet new friends, learn new skills and boost their confidence. Families also benefit from respite, and the opportunity to share experiences with other families in a similar position.
Qualified instructors lead activities, which include go-karting, skiing, trampolining, wind surfing and scuba diving. £1,000 was awarded from Sport Relief Community Cash in 2012 to help towards the activity programme for around 35 members aged 8-17.