Great Britain deaf women’s football team to host Olympic trials in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:56 21 October 2016

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The road to the 2017 Deaf Olympics begins for the GB Women’s team in Hatfield next month.

The Great Britain Deaf Football Association are holding trials at Hertfordshire Sports Village on Saturday, November 19.

To be eligible for the trials you must have a hearing loss of 55 decibels in your best ear and be over 13.

Team captain Claire Stancliffe, who plays for Northampton Town Ladies, said: “We are delighted to have the southern trials at the Hertfordshire Sports Village.The facilities look

first class.”

Stancliffe led the team during this year’s World Cup, where they finished in third place.

She said: “This was an impressive achievement as Russia are full-time professionals.

“Their players live and train together and with massive financial support, its understandable why they are European champions.”

Stancliffe, who was the Sky Sports Woman of the Month in July, is hoping to go two steps better in the Deaf Olympics.

She continued: “I’m looking forward to getting the girls together so we can continue planning for 2017.

“We get no official funding so making these events is always a massive challenge.

“From what we have seen of the facilities, the girls are really excited about coming to Hatfield.”

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