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DEAF FOOTBALL IN THE TOWN FAMILY

10 October 2012

Town player's dad an Olympic Gold Medal winner!

Town's young professional Matt Crooks has an ideal role model to imitate in his blossoming football career - his dad! 

Matt's father Dave Crooks – a player for Leeds Deaf during his club career – has previously represented the Great Britain Deaf side at an amazing three Olympics in Bulgaria, the USA and New Zealand - winning a gold medal.



More recently he was selected for the Great Britain Deaf Football over-35 squad for an international friendly match against France in May 2012 – the first ever GB veteran's match!

Previously Matt – a regular in Senior Professional Development Coach Steve Eyre’s under-21 squad this season - has coached at the Leeds Deaf team, but sadly the Club folded in early 2012.



“Football has always been a massive part of my family’s life,” Matt told htafc.com.

“Ever since I’ve been able to kick a ball and my Dad has been a big factor in that. I’ve always looked up to him and compared myself to him – I’d love to replicate the success he’s enjoyed.

“I think the ‘One Game, One Community’ message is such an important one; just because you have a disability, it doesn’t mean that football isn’t the game for you. Football is the biggest sport in the deaf community and it brings people together to enjoy a shared experience. If it wasn’t for my Dad’s participation, I don’t know if I would be a professional at Huddersfield Town today.”

Deaf football is still thriving across the UK – for more information visit www.britishdeaffootball.com


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