Preston trampoline club helping deaf people get into sport

PCTC: Ray Wort, Caitlyn Yates, Symone Lishman, Jake Fisher, Jack Edmondson, Sean Dean
PCTC: Ray Wort, Caitlyn Yates, Symone Lishman, Jake Fisher, Jack Edmondson, Sean Dean
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A top trampoline club is jumping for joy after becoming the first sports club in the country to be awarded a quality assurance mark by UK Deaf Sport for their work to help deaf people get into sport.

Preston City Trampoline Club (PCTC) has been given DEAFinitely Inclusive accreditation status by UK Deaf Sport, after completing one of the National Disability Sport Organisation’s schemes.

The Blackpool Road club has been recognised for their training in working with deaf people, for understanding the challenges of adapting to accommodate people with hearing problems and helping create opportunities for deaf people of all ages to play, coach and volunteer.

Fiona Robson from PCTC said: “We are thrilled. We have learnt so much about what we can do to minimise the barriers and be as inclusive as possible. Our plan is to use our new-found knowledge and expertise to support deaf people in our local community access gymnastics and trampolining here at the club starting with an open day.”

UK Deaf Sport participation officer, Clive Breedon, said: “The club has really embraced the process, developed their awareness of the challenges deaf people can face and implemented changes to address barriers.”