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England Deaf Ladies to play Devon Ladies at Newton Abbot Deaf Rugby Day

 

Newton Abbot RFC will welcome DEVON RFU and the England Deaf Ladies’ team to Rackerhayes later this month.

 

The international side will travel down to the South West to play Devon Ladies at Newton Abbot on Sunday, March 26, as part of a Deaf Rugby Awareness Day.

 

It is the second year running Devon RFU have held a Deaf Rugby Awareness Day, with Crediton hosting the event in 2016. That day saw the England Deaf men’s team play Ide Barbarians.

 

“We had a really successful day at Crediton last year,” said Devon community coach Wayne Reed, who is helping to organise the event. “And so we wanted to do it again, but we just wanted to change it a little bit and have the England Deaf Ladies’ team down instead of the men.”

 

The men’s international coach Sean Fletcher will be attendance and will help run a coaching session, along with Reed, in the morning for any players, of any age with any form of hearing loss.

 

“The session is for everybody – kids and adults,” said Reed.  “It is for anyone who has any form of hearing loss, impairments or are totally deaf. ”

 

The day will start at 10am with a deaf awareness discussion session, which is open for everybody. A signer will be in attendance and aspects surrounding deaf rugby, like coaching and opportunities will be talked about.

 

Then the outdoor coaching session will take place between 10.30-11.30am followed by lunch in the clubhouse.

The match between England Deaf Ladies and Devon will kick-off at 1pm.

 

Devon have been leading the way with deaf rugby. A centre of excellence programme was launch in the county last year, which is linked to the Exeter Deaf Academy.

 

The county currently have four players – Reed, Newton Abbot’s Callum Gill, Devonport Services’ Steve Hodge and Okehampton’s Paul Lawrence – in the England Deaf men’s training squad.

 

Players do not need to be profoundly deaf to play. To qualify, senior players need an average hearing loss of 25dB bilateral. This translates to a mild level of deafness in both ears or a moderate level of deafness in one ear but normal hearing in the other.

 

Devon RFU hope this month’s Deaf Awareness Day will encourage even more players , both male and female, to get involved in the sport and possible go to earn international honours.

 

Keith MacLean, Chairman of Newton Abbot said “We are delighted to be able to host this event, we are a Community Club, and have a history of reaching out to anyone interested in rugby”

THE DEAF AWARENESS DAY SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 26, AT NEWTON ABBOT RFC IS:

 

9.30am â€“ arrival

10am â€“ Deaf awareness indoor session

10.30- 11.30m â€“ outdoor rugby coaching for juniors and seniors

11.30am-1pm â€“ lunch

1pm â€“ Devon Ladies v England Deaf Ladies

The event is open to anyone. For more information contact Wayne Reed on WayneReed@RFU.com

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