Signed clips created to make athletics more accessible for deaf participants

Deaflympian Rebecca Zelic features in video clips to help athletics coaches and leaders learn basic sport-related British Sign Language

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Video clips to help athletics coaches and leaders learn basic sport-related British Sign Language to support young people with hearing loss have been launched this week.

The clips, created by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) in partnership with several of the UK’s leading sports organisations such as England Athletics and Sports Coach UK, feature key sport words and phrases.

Designed to help coaches communicate with deaf participants during training sessions, there are 32 short clips for athletics, with videos for other popular sporting activities also available. They aim to show how, through taking simple steps, coaches can address some of the communication challenges that many deaf people face, for instance missing out on what a coach says or not being able to hear a whistle blow.

“The new British Sign Language videos are another great resource available to our leaders, coaches and volunteers to help them to better support deaf people in athletics,” commented Liz Purbrick, national disability manager (community participation) at England Athletics.

“We are extremely grateful for the support given to us by NDCS in creating these videos and to Deaflympian Rebecca Zelic for signing them for us.”

Herne Hill Harrier Zelic was one of six British athletes to have competed for Britain at the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria, earlier this year, narrowly missing out on a medal with a fourth place finish in the 100m hurdles.

The videos, presented by Zelic, can be found here.

» To find out more about becoming a deaf-friendly athletics club or group visit englandathletics.org/disabilityathletics or ndcs.org.uk/me2

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