Fulham DFC welcomed over 150 people to Fulham Football Club’s Motspur Park Training Ground on Sunday 14th August, in order to celebrate the great success the group have had since their creation eight years ago.

The event was a way for new, existing and ex-players to enjoy each others company, raise the profile of the Deaf Team and welcome those who were looking to join the Club.

The open day started with a young persons coaching session run by some of Fulham FC Foundation’s experienced coaches. There was also a chance for players to demonstrate their footballing ability in the FFC Skill Zone, which included a speed cage aimed at honing participants shooting accuracy. Next it was down to the football pitch to watch the Fulham Deaf Ladies take on the Great Britain Deaf team. It was a close game; with the final score an impressive 6-4 to Great Britain Ladies. Following such an exciting game was going to be difficult but the Fulham Deaf Men’s team took on the All Stars (made up of former Fulham Deaf Players) and beat them in another entertaining game that also finished 6-4.

The event was rounded off with a BBQ and an end of season presentation ceremony fronted by special guest and ex-Fulham player, Rufus Brevett with former FDFC Manager Christof Niklaus who managed the inaugural squad to great success, and played a part in helping establish the club.

The winners from the presentation were:


Golden Boot: Eleni Botonaki

Player of the Year: Victoria Wenman

Players player of the year: Mandy Tobin

Most improved player of the year: Pembe Alp

Clubwoman of the year: Natasha Ryan

Goal of the season: Eleni Botonaki

Mens Reserves

Golden Boot: James Ryan

Player of the Year: Andrew Kenward

Players player of the year: James Ryan

Most improved player of the year: Luke Porter

Clubman of the year: Wayne Jemmott

Men’s 1st Team

Golden Boot: Jacob Willis

Player of the Year: Daniel Hogan

Players player of the year: Remi Sellars

Most improved player of the year: Sam Kemp

Clubman of the year: Phillip Swift

Goal of the season: Joe Wylde

Nick Beese, the Chairman of Fulham Deaf Football Club (FDFC) said: It was a fantastic day for everyone and the turnout totally exceeded our expectations. Supporters of Fulham Deaf Football, of all ages, flocked through the gates to join us in celebrating our eighth anniversary. Fortunately the weather was on form and we had two very entertaining matches showcasing the talent we have at the Club. The male All Stars team ensured the current squad worked hard for their victory, and the FDFC Ladies pushed GB Ladies all the way to the final whistle.

Kim Bobik, who had travelled from Portsmouth with her two young sons especially for the event said: Our son is a football fanatic and has never seen a Deaf Premiership team play, so it was such a unique experience for him to watch the deaf men and ladies. Billy and his brother Tom loved participating in the training sessions and skill challenges and as a family we had a great day. Thank you to everyone at Fulham FC for giving my son a brilliant time at your Deaf Open Day.