Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon's on the Ball for Young; United Host Fab Football Festival for Deaf Youngsters

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon's on the Ball for Young; United Host Fab Football Festival for Deaf Youngsters

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Byline: AMY LEONARD

A FESTIVAL of football with a difference came to Tyneside.

The Toon's Academy training ground hosted a feast of all things soccer for the Deaf Friendly Football Festival.

The event, started by the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS), gave deaf children aged six to 16 the opportunity to join in the beautiful game.

The kids were taught by coaches from the Newcastle United Foundation and Rutherford Deaf FC, and joined in mini-games and banter with teammates.

Friday's festival also launched the Foundation's brand new deaf junior football club, which will now play every week at Rutherford Football Club.

Hayley Jarvis, of the NDCS, said: "We want to make sure deaf young people have the same opportunities to take part in sports as any other children.

"This festival is a celebration of clubs like Newcastle United who have taken the simple steps to become accessible to deaf young people."

Ian Skinner, a disability football development officer for the Foundation, said: "We are delighted to be hosting this event as it complements our existing disability football programme funded by the BBC's Children in Need. …

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