Smashing new friends

PUBLISHED: 10:55 17 August 2006 | UPDATED: 11:59 04 May 2010

HAVING A SMASHING TIME: Jack Philip was a natural on the badminton court.

HAVING A SMASHING TIME: Jack Philip was a natural on the badminton court.

ELY S King s School recently hosted a multi-sports activity week for deaf children. More than 40 deaf children, between the ages of 12 and 17, from across the UK, took the opportunity to experience some sports for the first time and make new friends. Expe

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Photos: GEOFF DURRANT

ELY'S King's School recently hosted a multi-sports activity week for deaf children.

More than 40 deaf children, between the ages of 12 and 17, from across the UK, took the opportunity to experience some sports for the first time and make new friends.

Expert coaching was provided in rugby, badminton, rounders, sailing and climbing and some children took part in table football.

Sally McNamara, of the National Deaf Children's Society, who organised the event, said: "Many deaf children and young people find it difficult to participate in out of school activities because they are not set up to provide good communication. This week long event was great; it enabled children to develop confidence and social skills, have fun and try out a vast range of activities."

At the event, which ran from July 30 to August 5, the youngsters also prepared for a talent show, that was performed to all parents at the end of the week.

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