National Deaf Governing Bodies

UK Deaf Sport (UKDS) works in partnership with key organisations to ensure that deaf children, young people and adults have equal opportunities to participate and excel in sport and physical activity as their hearing counterparts from grassroots to elite level.

UKDS is recognised by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) as the International Federation for Deaf Sport in the UK, and by Sport England as the National Governing Body for Deaf Sport. UKDS are responsible for ensuring good governance including the administration of deaf sport teams competing abroad at both a British and Home Nation level. UKDS is also responsible for the selection and management of the DeaflympicsGB Team, the official team that represents Great Britain at the Summer and Winter Deaflympics. 

UKDS want to recognise a lead organisation for each deaf sport and physical activity to work in partnership with to increase and support the participation of deaf children, young people and adults at all levels. This organisation will sign a Partnership Agreement with UKDS to be the recognised governing body for that deaf sport at a Home Nation or GB level or both and they will be called a National Deaf Governing Body (NDGB). 

The Partnership Agreement provides a mutually beneficial framework for UKDS and the NDGBs to work together and sets out the responsibilities of both parties. 

This section shows the NDGBs recognised by UKDS, their key governing documents and contacts.