Kick off for Wrexham’s first deaf futsal team
3 March 2015

Kick off for Wrexham’s first deaf futsal team

Wrexham Futsal have recently embarked on an exciting new project in partnership with the Welsh Football Trust.

The aim of the project will be to provide deaf people with the opportunity to play Futsal in a controlled environment with and against other like minded people. The ever expanding club has shown a true commitment to developing Futsal in the region, from its very successful first team who have competed in Europe, to setting up a local community Futsal League which has a waiting list to join it along with a thriving junior section and women’s team.

This new venture will open new doors for the club and enable its coaches and volunteers to expand their present skill set to incorporate the challenges faced with coaching deaf players.

The idea behind setting up the team came from Daniel McNeil a keen Wrexham fan who acquired his deafness from contracting meningitis 18 months ago. Daniel simply wanted to play football and discovered there were no opportunities in the area for deaf people and took it upon himself to set up a new team. Despite the challenges he has faced Daniel’s passion and love for football have enabled him to set up a new team for deaf people in the Wrexham area.

Daniel explains: “The main reason I wanted to set this up was because of my love for football. Since my illness I feel strongly about disability sport and I want to do all I can to create more opportunities in the area. I couldn’t believe it when I found out that Wrexham didn’t have a deaf football team, especially with the number of deaf people in the area. I thought it would be a good idea to get this team moving and put Wrexham on the map in the deaf community.”

Michael Parry of the Welsh Football Trust, commented “Working with Daniel has been a breath of fresh air, his commitment to the cause has paid dividends and enabled us to start the first deaf specific team in North Wales. The aim for the team will be to play competitive futsal locally and nationwide. Working with Wrexham Futsal Club will give the team a solid foundation to develop the squad moving forward. I already have my eye on a few players who I think could step up and play for Welsh national deaf futsal team.”

Sessions are open to both men and women aged 15+, every Tuesday from 8-9pm at Glyndwr Sports Centre. The team is now appealing for more people to get involved from players, volunteers and sponsorship. For more information contact Michael Parry on [email protected] or Paul Kelly on [email protected]

Kick off for Wrexham’s first deaf futsal team