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Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Sessions for kids is now weekly!

Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis SquadThe monthly Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Sessions for kids are now run every Saturday from 11.00-12.00 (in term times) for all deaf kids aged 3-14.  No need to book – just turn up!

All kids are put into groups according to age and ability. Please ensure all kids are changed in comfortable clothes and sports trainers ready to start at 10am.

These sessions were kick started by Deaf Parents Deaf Children, in partnership with the British Deaf Tennis Association (BDTA), and the Gosling Tennis Centre.  The Gosling Tennis Centre now run these sessions. If you want more information please get in touch with

Address: Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6XE
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Against Captains Orders – A BSL interpreted theatre experience from Punchdrunk for Deaf people and their families


If you’ve never heard of Punchdrunk​ – They have pioneered a game changing form of immersive theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. Blending classic texts, physical performance, award-winning design installation and unexpected sites, the company’s infectious format rejects the passive obedience usually expected of audiences.

Lilli and I went to ‘The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable’ last year and LOVED it as it was so visual and mesmerising, so on behalf of DPDC we have worked with the National Maritime Museum Greenwich to put on a BSL interpreted theatre experience of ‘Against Captain’s Orders’. If Punchdrunks past shows are anything to go buy you and your kids will love it! Please share this with your BSL friends, the deadline for priority tickets is July 1st, then the tickets are made public.


“Prepare to explore. You are the crew of HMS Adventure. Together we will set sail into the uncharted.”

Glan, Museum Curator

National Maritime Museum Greenwich and Punchdrunk Enrichment present an exciting new experience for 6-12 year olds and their families.

This is an adventure through the museum’s collection of maritime objects and their histories.

Get ready to experience history like never before as you and your family join the crew of HMS Adventure. Meet our fearless curators, put on a lifejacket, and step into the action. Anyone brave enough to get on board will not believe what will happen next.

Against Captain’s Orders is exciting and perhaps a tiny bit dangerous…

Performance dates and times: Tuesday 28 July 2015 at 12:00 & 17:10
Tickets: £19.75 per person
To enter this experience you must attend as a family group of adults and children (6-12 yrs).

To make a priority booking, please email the Bookings team by 1 July:

During the priority booking period up to Wednesday 1 July, tickets can be booked via e-mail only. Invoices will be sent for confirmed bookings. Payment of invoices needs to be completed by Wednesday 8 July. Tickets booked but not paid for by 8 July will be released for general sale.

After the priority booking period, tickets can be booked using the website booking system from Friday 3 July.

Please follow the link below for further important information about Against Captain’s Orders.


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Deaf Tennis! Adult and Junior Coaching Clinic and Fun Tennis Tournament – Saturday 3rd May

The Tennis Foundation will be running an adult and junior coaching clinic and fun tournament at Gosling along-side the National Deaf Tennis Championships on Sat 3rd May. 
This is a taster session where adults and juniors can come and play and have some coaching by experienced LTA licensed coaches who are trained to coach deaf players.  More information about this event and how to sign up can be found here. Places are limited so please sign up quickly if you would like to attend – please email

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Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Squad: Next session Saturday February 1st!

Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Squad

Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Squad

The next Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Squad session is on Saturday February 1st! All age groups now start together at 11am, with the 3-5 year olds finishing at 12pm and the 6-14 year olds finishing at 12.30pm.

We are delighted to announce that because of the success of the tennis sessions, we are now running two sessions a month! The first February session is Saturday 1st Feb, and the second session will be Saturday 15th February.

Next sessions (All Saturdays): Feb 1st, Feb 15th, March 1st, March 15th, April 5th, April 19th, May 3rd (National Deaf Tennis Championships), May 17th, June 7th, June 21st.

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Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Squad – Saturday 7th September!

The monthly tennis coaching for all deaf children aged 3-14 at the Gosling Sports Park has gone from strength to strength, we now have an average of 30 deaf kids of all ages participating.

The next session is on Saturday September 7th from 10.30-12pm. The sessions are coached by both deaf and hearing coaches.

We are delighted and excited to announce that we have a new deaf coach working with us on September 7th –  Cathy Fletcher!  Cathy is the new National Deaf Coach, who also represented Great Britain at the recent Deaflympics in Sofia. Cathy won a Gold medal in the 2009 Deaflympics in mixed doubles and is a National Deaf Champion many times over. Check out her impressive international profile page –

Cathy Fletcher wins Gold at the Taiwan 2009 Deaflympics for Mixed Doubles

– The 3-5 age group will start at 11am and finish at 12pm.
– The 6-14 age group will start at 10.30am and finish at 12pm.
– ALL kids in the 3-5 age group must be accompanied by a parent/adult.
– Please provide your kids with a water bottle to take on the court as the sessions are quite active!
– Please ensure you pay £3 (per child) for the session on arrival at the Gosling Sports Park reception.
– We will always be using the indoor courts, so the sessions are on regardless of the weather!

If you want to register your child, or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Nick Beese on
If you have already registered with us, there is no need to confirm your place – just turn up!

Please share/send this onto any families or groups with deaf kids! Thanks!

The sessions are being organised by Deaf Parents Deaf Children, in partnership with the British Deaf Tennis Association (BDTA), the Tennis Foundation and Gosling Sports Park.

Address: Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6XE
Venue website:
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Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Squad

Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Squad


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Early Intervention for Deaf Children (BSL & English Audio versions)

Early Intervention: The Missing Link videos are British Sign Language and English Audio adaptations of an ASLized video, done for an American audience. The video communicates research done by Rachel Benedict which highlights the confusing and overwhelming experience hearing parents of deaf children are experiencing at hospitals, and the implications of the negative and dangerous use of language, which in effect scares and overwhelms new hearing parents of deaf children.

This video conveys the message that there are deaf people who use sign language daily and see themselves as normal and not disabled. They do not feel that being deaf is something to be upset or worried about.

Rachel Benedict’s research demonstrates an alternative approach which needs to be practised by the Early Intervention team (audiologists, doctors and teachers for the deaf) at hospitals. Deaf role models do not come in the Early Intervention team, this paper discusses the alternative approach which will allow the parents to see having a deaf child in a positive light.

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Welcome to the new Deaf Parents Deaf Children website!

Deaf Parents Deaf Children is a group for deaf parents with deaf children all over the UK. We aim to show a positive view of deafness, to show what deaf people can achieve and to give deaf parents an equal voice in what happens to their deaf children.  It is also important that children’s rights to exist as deaf individuals are protected as they cannot yet represent or make decisions for themselves.  We also aim to inspire hearing parents of deaf children and support them on their journey!

There is no other organisation that specifically caters for deaf parents with deaf children in the UK, hence the need for this group.

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