Belfast Deaf United Pre-Season 2017/18

Belfast Deaf United Pre-Season 2017/18

Belfast Deaf United’s preseason training starts this week. The club will be returning to the Belfast District Football League for its third consecutive season. Last season, the club finished in a respectable fifth position in Division Three and will be looking to make further improvements in the new season. If you are interested in joining the club, see attached poster for more...
Local Deaf Footballer (Danny Rea) wins bronze medal at European Championships

Local Deaf Footballer (Danny Rea) wins bronze medal at European Championships

Danny Rea, a local 20 year-old deaf player was part of the Great Britain Deaf Football team which secured 3rd place at the 8th staging of the European Deaf Football Championships in Hanover (Germany) last month. Great Britain recorded victories over Russia, Denmark, Czech Republic and Sweden en route to the semi-finals before an unlucky defeat to eventual champions Turkey. Great Britain secured Bronze by defeating Ukraine in the 3rd/4th place play-off match. Danny enjoyed the experience immensely. He is grateful for the support from his managers, coaches, team-mates and those who helped him with funding for the event. He stated ‘Winning the Bronze medal at my first tournament ever was incredible and I hope I’ll be involved in many more tournaments to come. I am still buzzing from it all and I have the bronze medal hanging on my...

Deaf Coaches (Brian Babb and Barry Campbell) achieve UEFA ‘B’ License Part 1

Brian and Barry are absolutely delighted that they have passed the UEFA ‘B’ license part 1 football coaching course in Belfast last month. In attendance, there were 30 coaches from different parts of the world including America, Canada, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, Italy, Qatar, England, Ireland and of course Northern Ireland. The course was held at Queens Sports Complex Upper Malone Road for a whole week.  The IFA staff coaches were very supportive and taught with an excellent attitude which made the course enjoyable. Participating in the course was a massive learning curve for Brian and Barry. They learnt a wide range of coaching techniques and methods. They are looking forward to delivering new training drills with young deaf players so they can pass on their knowledge and skills to the next generation of young deaf footballers....

Local footballers representing Ireland and GB teams

On behalf of Northern Ireland Deaf Sports, we would like to wish the Ireland and GB teams all the best in the Deaf Football European Championship in Hannover, Germany which takes place in the next two weeks. We have four Northern Ireland representatives playing for both teams. Danny Rea is representing GB while Richard Beattie, Roy McKee and Jamie Wilson are representing Ireland. There are also three other Ulster players living in Donegal, England and Scotland representing Ireland; Noel O’Donnell, Mark Sinclair and Stephen Millar. We wish the above individuals all the best and that they perform to their true potential and abilities. Danny has promised to do regular video blogs on this Facebook page, providing updates on the Euros. We look forward to watching the videos. Yours Michael Chairman...
Northern Ireland Deaf Men’s Futsal Team

Northern Ireland Deaf Men’s Futsal Team

Northern Ireland Deaf Sports is delighted to announce the setting up of a Northern Ireland Deaf Men’s Futsal Team. When: Every Wednesday starting 15th April Time: 7.45pm to 9pm Where: Lisburn Leisureplex, BT28 1LP We are pleased that top Irish FA coaches such as Mal Donaghy will coach the team. Mal is a legend player who played for Man United. The NI Deaf Futsal team will enter home nations competition with England, Scotland and Wales and will play in other competitions in the future. The NIDS committee will support the...