Great Britain Deaf Football – Men and Women join forces
On Saturday 18th January 2014, the representatives of Great Britain Deaf Men’s football (GBDMF) and Great Britain Deaf Women’s Football (GBDWF) ratified a merger to establish one football body, Great Britain Deaf Football (GBDF), to take overall responsibility of managing all of Great Britain’s men and women teams.
The new Board of Great Britain Deaf Football (GBDF) is as follows:
- Chair Martin Willis
- Vice Chair Chris Beech
- Board member Sharon Hirshman
They are joined by the following members on the Executive Committee:
- Administrator Susan McKeown
- Treasurer Peter Nicholson
The Management of the Men and Women teams will remain unchanged as follows
- Men Team Managers Phil Gardner
- Women Head Coach Chris Gwynn
- Men Over 35 Team Manager Eddie Pollard
- Men U23 Team Manager To be appointed
Having a single Great Britain Deaf Football organisation will enable all of the teams to work together to make better use of resources, share ideas and develop Great Britain Deaf Football further. It will also enable Great Britain Deaf Football to have one united voice to further the aims and achievements of Deaf football in Great Britain.
A new and exciting era beckons for Great Britain Deaf Football, we will be looking to maintain, develop and forge robust partnerships with all relevant bodies relating to Deaf football to ensure that Great Britain Deaf Football is in position to compete against the best for years to come.
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