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Football preparation checklist

Make sure you're prepared to include a deaf child by using our handy checklist for deaf-friendly football coaching sessions.

Things to ask the parent or footballer before you start

  • What level of deafness do you have?
  • How do you like to communicate?
  • If you're not looking at me, what's the best way to get your attention?
  • Do you use any equipment to help you hear?
  • Do you use any equipment at school like a radio aid?

Things to bring with you

  • Dry wipe board and pens
  • Coloured flags
  • Resources for games, for example, pictures or objects.

Other considerations

  • Does the pitch or training centre have an auditory or visual emergency signal, or both? 
  • Does everyone know what the alarm means and what to do?
  • Do you need another emergency signal such as an agreed visual gesture?
  • Are assistant coaches or reception staff aware that deaf young people will be attending?

Find out more about football health and safety.