Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport

Developed in partnership with UK Deaf Sport and the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) this is an interactive and practical workshop that will help develop a coach’s skills, so they can fully include deaf people of all ages.

Deaf people are missing out because not all sports clubs are deaf-friendly. Generally speaking, deaf participants will have no other physical barriers to participating in sport. Simply putting the right tools in place ensures they can participate in sport alongside hearing people. Organising this workshop for coaches will give them hands-on experience, and the chance to improve their communication skills in different situations. This will develop their confidence and help put them in a position where they are able to support any deaf participant they encounter in their coaching career1, just as much as the next player.

'This was a great workshop that helped the delegates improve their communication skills immensely. As a result of attending they are now much better equipped to meet the needs of deaf people, and therefore be more inclusive in their coaching.'

Mark Oliver, National Fieldwork Manager (Volunteering), StreetGames.

What Coaches Will Learn:

  • To be aware of deafness and understand the barriers facing deaf people in sport
  • To develop their own communication skills and be able to use them effectively in any coaching session
  • An understanding of the pathways for deaf sport in order to encourage deaf participants to aim high
  • To develop an action plan to include deaf people in their sessions.

Help all coaches develop their non verbal communication skills so their day to day coaching sessions will improve.

96% of delegates rated this workshop 8 out of 10 or higher2.

100% of delegates agreed the UK Coaching tutor performance was good/very good overall for this workshop2.

How to Organise This Workshop

  1. Ensure you have read and can meet the organiser requirements (PDF).
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'Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport’ is the perfect workshop to help clubs become more inclusive. The tutor was great, very clear and good at answering people’s queries, and went at a pace everyone was comfortable with. The practical nature of the workshop really helped the coaches to understand how easy it is to open their sessions up and work with deaf young people. Learning how they can include deaf people in their sessions so easily was an invaluable experience for the coaches, club members and volunteers who attended. We look forward to running more workshops in the future.'

Tamsin Fudge, Run! Athletics Activator for Haringey

Accompanying Resource

This workshop comes with a fantastic supporting resource Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport, which will help your delegates in their future coaching.

Further Information

This workshop may be delivered by tutors with hearing impairments, therefore it is important that a quiet room is provided to enable the tutor to be able to hear/effectively communicate with the delegates.

If you have any queries, contact the Workshop Booking Centre by email or telephone: 0845-601 3054.

Stuart HarrisonStuart Harrison, lead tutor and assessor at sports coach UK, introduces himself in sign language.

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11 in 7 people in the UK (about 9 million) are deaf (Source: Action on Hearing Loss [formerly known as RNID])
There are 45,000 deaf children and young people in the UK (Source: National Deaf Children’s Society)

2Statistics taken from evaluations of 1 April 2013 – March 31 2014 workshops.

3Please note this workshop is available to deliver under the Licensed Workshop Partner scheme.

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