Doncaster swim school trains teachers in deaf awareness

Teacher Elizabeth Woolloff and owner Nicola Codd
Teacher Elizabeth Woolloff and owner Nicola Codd
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A Doncaster swimming school has teamed up with a national charity to improve opportunities for deaf children.

Puddle Ducks Doncaster has joined forces with the National Deaf Children’s Society to provide deaf awareness training to all their swimming teachers.

Doncaster is known for having one of the largest deaf communities outside of London.

Research conducted by the NDCS found that 40 per cent of deaf children have difficulty accessing swimming opportunities, which can lead to a lack of confidence and the potential to fall behind their hearing peers.

The research also found that a third of deaf 12-year-olds cannot swim 10 metres.

These statistics encouraged NDCS and Puddle Ducks to put a plan into action, to support deaf young people in the UK.

Ashleigh Scott, swimming development officer at NDCS said: “Unfortunately, too many deaf children are currently being denied the opportunity to learn to swim, as some swimming providers don’t understand their needs.

“We know that these barriers can be overcome; by making small changes to swimming lessons, teachers and coaches can ensure that young deaf people are fully included.

“We’re delighted to support Puddle Ducks’ positive approach ensuing inclusion for young deaf people.”

Owner of Puddle Ducks Doncaster, Nicola Codd, said many teachers have also learnt sign language to help improve communication.

She said: “We are proud to partner with the NDCS, they are a fantastic charity that work tirelessly supporting young deaf people in the UK.

“We now provide deaf awareness training for all our teachers, and many have also learnt basic sign language in order to communicate effectively will all children in their class.

“Children are at the centre of everything we do, and we want to continue providing a fantastic experience to suit every child’s needs when they come to us.”

Puddle Ducks provides classes at Heatherwood School, Doncaster Deaf School and Owston Hall Hotel, all in Doncaster.