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Exeter City Academy take on deafblind uk penalty challenge

Find out how you can support deafblind uk

29 March 2018

The Exeter City Academy have taken on the Deafblind UK penalty challenge to help raise awareness for the condition and the charity.

The lads were provided with eye masks and ear plugs and tasked with taking penalties after training.

The aim of deafblind uk's campaign is to make fans aware of just how difficult everyday tasks can be for those living with deafblindness. 

Watch how the Academy got on below!

After taking on the challenge, Academy footballer Harry Kite said: "It was very strange. We are used to being in a game and taking your time.

"We found the closer you are, the easier it is. The earplugs mean you really have to concentrate on what you are doing. With that and the blindfold on it's an unusual situation."

Shirley Scotcher from Deafblind UK said: “Deafblindness - or combined sight and hearing loss - is a growing issue in the UK yet many of us don’t realise that we’re affected by it or that support is available for it. 

“We are working with football clubs to highlight the value of looking after your sight and hearing. Once these senses have been damaged, it is often impossible the get them back; this can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. We have found that when people experience what it may be like to have reduced vision and hearing, they start to look after their sight by wearing the right eye protection and they start to turn down their head phones!”

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Deafblind UK supports people with sight and hearing loss to live the lives they want. It provides a wide range of direct support services and also supports other organisations to help their own staff and customers. 

To get involved in deafblind penalties at home, simply film yourself taking a shot at a goal with a scarf covering your eyes and ears. Post it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #DeafblindPenalties and then nominate five friends to do the same. Participants can also text KICK18 £2 to 70070 to donate £2 to Deafblind UK.

To get your club involved in deafblind penalties this season, or to help raise awareness of deafblindness in any other way, please contact Adrian Roche at Deafblind UK on: info@deafblind.org.uk or 01733 358100.


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