Panathlon Challenge Deaf Football Tournament


Over 50 deaf children – 30 from secondary schools and over 20 from primary schools throughout the region took part in the Panathlon Challenge Deaf Football Tournament at Greenbank Sports Academy on 3rd December – the first event of its kind.

The event was co-ordinated by James Dixon, a coach at Greenbank, a UK Deaf Sport Ambassador and England Deaf  International Cricketer.

National Participation Officer, UK Deaf Sport Clive Breedon commented:

“This event has happened because a variety of organisations including Panathlon, UK Deaf Sport, Greenbank and Liverpool FA have worked in  partnership and it’s great to see everything coming together to improve the  opportunities for deaf children to play sport. Taking part in this event will encourage them to get involved with sports regularly and it’s a great way for deaf children to meet other deaf children.“

Alex from Townfield School said:

“Just because a child is deaf it doesn’t mean that they aren’t interested in playing sport – just look around.”

Knotty Ash beat Wirral A 4:0 in the Primary School final and Sharples A team beat Sharples C team 2:1 in the Secondary School final.

Medals were presented by Liverpool Ladies FC and England U223 Goalkeeper Danielle Gibbons.

Danielle Gibbons and Sharples Winning Team resize