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The Fulham FC Community Sports Trust / House of

Written by Nick Beese

On Thursday 20th July, I was
invited to represent Fulham Deaf to celebrate the Fulham FC Community Sports
Trust at the House of Commons along with all the movers and shakers of Fulham
FC. MP Stephen Pound and sports minister Rt Hon Richard Caborn were also present
to recognise the Fulham Football Club's Community Trust's good work, and its new
charity status.

To my delight, the British Deaf Cup was given its own
stand in the room for all the atendees to admire and touch with former Fulham FC
legend and Head of Community Simon Morgan filling people in on the success of
Fulham DFC to date, and on the history of the cup.

Fulham manager Chris
Coleman passed on his congratulations to Fulham Deaf for bringing the British
Deaf Cup back to Motspur Park, Coleman also said that he had watched two of our
matches from his office at Motspur Park, and was impressed with two players,
whom he has considered promoting to his squad. Coleman, showing his management
experience was tight lipped as regards to who they were in order not to start a
transfer frenzy by alerting other clubs to the talent he has

About The Fulham FC Community Sports

The Trust, charity number 1111639, exists to use sport to
deliver inspirational, accessible and inclusive initiatives, promoting
educational and social opportunities, improving the quality of life for
disadvantaged young people to make a positive, real and lasting difference to
the local community”

Examples of activities delivered by the Trust
include a disability programme for special needs children, an educational
classroom at Craven Cottage, a social inclusion project for underprivileged
children in Kingston and adult education courses.

The partnership between
Fulham Deaf and Fulham Football Club would not have been made possible, had it
not been for the vision and ambition of the Trust.

The Fulham FC
Community Sports Trust helped FA Premier League Clubs contribute £80million
worth of goods and services to community projects in 2005. The FAPL has also
redistributed over £100million back into grass roots football via the football
Foundation in the last 5 years as well as providing more than 2 million coaching
sessions per season.

The Trust has 3 main objectives:

• To promote community participation in healthy recreation

• To provide
and assist in providing facilities for sport and recreation to young people
regardless of their youth, age infirmity, disablement, poverty, social or
economic circumstances

• To advance the education of children and young

If you want to learn more about the trust click here

Fulham Deaf Chairman/Player Nick Beese posing with Fulham Manager and former
Fulham and Wales international Chris Coleman and the British Deaf Cup.