Wales prepare for deaf futsal Euros
International
11 January 2018

Wales prepare for deaf futsal Euros

Wales’ Deaf Futsal Team are gearing up for the EDSO (European Deaf Sports Organisation) Deaf Futsal European Qualifiers.

They face Sweden, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkey from the 19-20 January at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Cyncoed Campus.

One of the star players is Harry Allen, Joe Allen’s brother but he faces a race against time to be fit for the tournament.

Captain Sam Evans is also a familiar face to many. From Llanelli, he won Big Brother in 2013 and was born with 70-80% hearing loss.

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Wales Deaf Futsal Team Manager Ashley Thomas said: “The biggest challenge is communication on the pitch – even substitution can be difficult.

“I have to wait for a break in play or if I have to sign to another player to send a message.

“It’s a young team and technically they are very good. Sweden are similarly matched to us so that will be a difficult game.

“And then Turkey are a huge force to be reckoned with. It’s going to be tough, but we are feeling confident.

“We want to attract a good crowd to support this team. There’s a lot of energy and I think people would be surprised at the high standard as well. Hopefully deaf children in Wales will have new role models.”