Texting is very much an accepted means of communication these days – and it is proving a tremendous aid to the latest venture organised by Fulham's Football in the Community.

After a highly successful trials day – attended by around 100 men,women and children – Fulham have entered a mens team in Division 2 of the Kingston & District League.

Football in the Community Manager Gary Mulcahey says the enthusiasm for the venture is most encouraging. ” We were delighted with the turn out and with the general standard of the football.Everyone here is looking forward to following the progress of Fulham Deaf Football Club over the forthcoming season and wish them the very best of luck. We are proud to be part of such a unique and enterprising initiative.”

Fulham have supplied the new team – who will be playing at Kingston Upon Thames – with kit and equipment. They will also hopefully organise games at youth and womens level for deaf players.

Gary is confident the new team will overcome any communication problems during their inaugural season. “The league committee have pointed out that texting will be a perfectly acceptable way of liasing with them,while we expect the clubs we play against to be understanding of the situation. So far we have found the attitude of our opponents to be very good and some referees have even managed to carry flags to help us out,” he says.

Fulham have already attracted some exciting young players who have represented England Deaf at Under 21 level, while Great Britain Deaf Football Manager Phil Gardner and his assistant coach Dean Humpherys have also shown an interest.

The Cottagers have also been successful with a Football Foundation bid to fund a full time Disability Officer.

The ever-increasing initiatives they undertake is a reflection of the work put in by the Football in the Community staff,while Gary's contribution to grass roots football has already been recognised with a special presentation of a cheque,silver medal and bottle of champagne.

If anybody is interested in playing for or helping with the new Fulham Deaf Football Club,they can be contacted at fulhamdfc@hotmail.com

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