Read: After World Cup bronze, GB’s Deaf footballers deserve some basic support (The Independent)

Posted on July 7, 2015

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The Independent’s Ian Herbert has written an article about how GB’s Deaf footballers deserve some support, highlighting the fact that the bronze-medal winning team had to fund their own trips to the tournament.

Extract:

Third place in the World Cup finals is a justifiable source of celebration for England’s women and Mark Sampson; an extraordinary progress considering the team’s demolition at the hands of the same opposition, Germany, at Wembley last winter.

But there has been another third-place finish for a national football team from these shores this summer; one you won’t have heard about but which, match for match, goal for goal, is more extraordinary, considering the players who achieved it paid their own way to play a part in it. The team’s first goal is something to behold: a patchwork of diagonal passes before the one-two which allowed striker Jacob Willis to get behind the Russian defence and finish. The team’s head coach, Chris McGinn, worked with Don Howe at Arsenal with a young Cesc Fabregas under his tutelage and there was a little piece of Arsenal in that move, rehearsed to death on the training ground, against the world No 1 team.

The accomplishment belonged to the British Men’s Deaf team, at the European Deaf Football Championships in Germany, and the lack of fanfare is not all that separates them from the squads Gareth Southgate and Sampson have led from this country. McGinn’s players had to raise individually all the money needed to cover the costs of travel and accommodation before competing in the finals, in Hanover. Naturally, five-star hotels haven’t featured – so it’s been costs of £2,000 per man for Germany plus expenses for trips to France and Spain, where they were prepared for the experience of overseas competition. £50,000 all-in. About the equivalent of a good League Two player’s weekly wage.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/after-world-cup-bronze-gbs-deaf-footballers-deserve-some-basic-support-10367755.html

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