UK Deaf Sport Announces New Head of Participation

valerieUK Deaf Sport is pleased to announce the appointment of Valerie Copenhagen as Head of Participation. This new role will lead a national strategy focused on growing participation amongst the deaf and hard of hearing.

Valerie has over ten years of experience in leading on development, implementation and management of programmes within the Voluntary and Third Sector. Her most recent role at the National Deaf Children’s Society saw her being responsible for and leading on the development and management of a successful UK wide family events and activities programme of which some are Big Lottery Funded. Her areas of interest include impact monitoring and evaluation, in particular the work around the social impact of services; and being creative in launching new initiatives.

Within other roles, she has developed extensive experience of working with local, regional and national partners in delivering activities and programmes.

Deaf herself, Valerie has both personal and professional experience of working with the members of both the hearing and deaf communities. As a keen sportswoman herself, Valerie is both passionate and committed to ensuring that other deaf individuals have a positive and rewarding experience within sport.

Piers Martin, Executive Chair of UK Deaf Sport, said: “We are very pleased to have appointed Valerie to this critical role. Her experience of increasing participation within the deaf community along with her fresh ideas for the future will be invaluable to UK Deaf Sport going forward”.

Valerie starts officially with UK Deaf Sport on the 28th November 2016.


UK Deaf Sport is the National Governing Body for Deaf Sport in the UK. It’s vision is: “Every deaf person active and inspired by sport”.

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