GB Deaf Women’s footballers hope University of Worcester training can give medal boost

Extracted from Worcester News

The Great Britain women’s deaf football squad have been training at the University of Worcester ahead of the Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey, from July 18.

Assistant coach Chris Price, a former student at Worcester, said: “The university have always been very supportive of deaf sport and disability sport more widely and we have a great relationship with many of the lecturers and staff here.

“Through the university we are able to access high-quality facilities as well as drawing on the institution’s links with local clubs to organise friendlies that help us sharpen our skills ahead of major tournaments like the Deaflympics.”

Great Britain women’s deaf football squad train in Worcester
Great Britain women’s deaf football squad train in Worcester

GB defender Claire Stancliffe said: “Worcester is a fantastic place. It’s centrally located with good transport links.

“The facilities are brilliant and everyone is very welcoming. We would definitely like to return.”

The Deaflympics were first held in Paris in 1924.

Price added: “My hope is to come away with a gold medal as that is what we have been working hard for over the last year.

“We got a bronze in the last Deaflympics so we would be looking to build on that.

“It will be tough coming up against paid, professional players but we understand talent and hard work will always be important.”

Extracted from Worcester News