The ESFA was due to host it’s annual Deaf Schools’ finals today but unfortunately, this event has been unable to go ahead. However, for our Throwback Thursday piece today we are going to look back at previous Deaf Schools’ competitions and celebrate the diversity of activity that the ESFA provides.
Back in 2019 the ESFA hosted the deaf schools finals at Derby Soccer Dome. 27 teams from across the country travelled to Derby to play in the Junior Boys’ Cup, Senior Boys’ Cup and the Girls’ Cup competitions.
On the day, Heathlands School from Hertfordshire came away victors of the Junior Boys’ Cup whilst Royal School for the Deaf Derby won the Senior Boys’ Competition. The Girls’ cup was won by Royal School for the Deaf, Derby – giving them a double win on the day!
The matches are always played in high spirits by the attending schools and it’s amazing to see the students embracing the competition and seeing football bring them together from all over the country. The ESFA is disappointed it has not been able to host this competition in 2021, but looks forward to next year when the teams can be welcomed back and the competition resumed.
We look forward to providing an opportunity for these kids to play some very competitive football matches next season.
The National Governing Body for Schools’ Football in England.