Three cheers for deaf rugby
[UKPRwire, Mon Nov 02 2009] Rugby is a tough game, and for young people with hearing problems it can often seem even more testing. So we’re delighted to announce that Hidden Hearing is sponsoring Scotland’s International Deaf Rugby team this season.
The five-figure shirt-sponsorship deal is a major boost for the team. But it’s more than simply extra cash. Significantly, Hidden Hearing is also providing state of the art hearing aid systems to the players. Enjoying sport at the highest level and representing your country is a real possibility for people with hearing difficulties.
The Scottish team will be lining up against their English and Welsh counterparts next spring, over the same weekends as the RBS 6 Nations events. As Scottish Deaf internationalist Neil Houston put it: “Being deaf or having a hearing loss doesn’t make us any less passionate about the game. We are just as keen to represent our country as our senior national colleagues. We know there are many players who may not yet have considered playing at international level however, with the help of Hidden Hearing, we will kick start our recruitment campaign with the aim of demonstrating that Scottish Deaf rugby is anything but quiet!”
The Scottish Deaf Rugby Club was set up in 1999 to give people with hearing problems the opportunity to bring rugby into their own environment. The club makes it easier for people with hearing problems to learn the basics of the game, rather than trying to move into a club where communication would be more difficult.
“Many people struggle to hear and it must be no barrier to taking part in sport,” said John Beattie, former Scotland and British and Irish Lions internationalist, who is the campaign ambassador.