Deaf Sports Organisations

What Do Deaf Sports Organisations Do

UK Deaf

The main goal of deaf sports organisations is to promote sport among deaf people, facilitate their participation in sports, help them enjoy the sports and develop their skills in order to become better in their favourite sports. They provide information, support and guidance to deaf people and their families, while many are also working closely with other sports organisations either on national or international level, or both. But they usually also cooperate with the mainstream sports organisations with an aim to make sports more friendly and accessible to deaf people who compete with the hearing people at all levels. Most deaf sports organisations also regularly hold competitions that enable deaf people to test their skills and meet deaf people from other regions of the country and abroad.

Deaf Sports Organisations According to Competence

Deaf sports organisations work at several levels – international, national, regional and team levels.

International Deaf Sports Organisations

The best known international deaf sports organisation is the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (Comite International des Sports des Sourds) that is responsible for organisation of both the Summer and Winter Dealympics.

The European Deaf Sport Organisation (EDSO) can also be defined as an international deaf sports organisation as it joins multiple nations. But as its name reveals, it is limited to the European continent. The EDSO was founded in 1983 with an aim to make sure that the European Championships of the Deaf take place on a regular basis. Today, it is an umbrella deaf sports organisation of some 1,000 deaf sports clubs with 50,000 members in 40 countries.

National Deaf Sports Organisations

National deaf sports organisations such as the UK Deaf Sport work on a national level but they also work with international organisations to prepare athletes for international competitions. The UK Deaf Sport for instance is also a member of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf and a member of the EDSO.

Regional and Team Levels

These usually have competence for particular sports and provide information and training as well as organise competitions. Examples include the Deaf UK Athletics (DUKA), England Cricket Association for the Deaf, the English Deaf Golf Association (EDGA), the Scottish Deaf Golf Association (SDGA), the British Deaf Tennis Association (BDTA), etc.. Many deaf sport competitions and championships, however, are organised by the mainstream sports organisations in association with deaf sports organisations. The Deaf Tennis National Championships for example is organised jointly by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the BDTA.