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Champions League adventure for Force player

31 January 2018

A Faversham footballer has flown out to Madrid this week to captain her side in the European Deaf Champions League Futsal tournament.

Emma Brown, 25, who plays for Faversham Strike Force FC and works as a kitchen porter at The Yard, will be leading out her Doncaster Deaf Ladies team in six matches this week. They qualified after winning the British cup.

Born profoundly deaf, Emma grew up in Salford before moving to the town in 2012. She played for Manchester United girls up to the under-18 age group, then moved to Manchester City reserves.

It was while playing for United that she was told about the England Deaf squad and tried out for the national ladies futsal side. As well as playing for the Lionesses, she also featured for Team GB in the 2017 Deaflympics.

That represented a major change for Emma who has mainly played in non-deaf teams throughout her life.

She said: “I’ve been profoundly deaf since birth and was a victim of bullying when I was younger. I’ve not let my disability stand in the way of anything I do and have always played on hearing teams. I only play for deaf teams when representing England, Great Britain and now Doncaster as growing up there wasn’t a lot of access to deaf football.

“There are very few deaf teams that I am aware of in Kent. I would encourage anyone who is deaf to join a hearing team - don’t be excluded it will make you a better player as it will improve your communication and ability to read a game.

“I enjoy football as it keeps me fit, it’s a sociable game and I have the opportunity to travel and play in international tournaments.”

Emma joined Strike Force ahead of the new season and recently scored her first goal in just her second appearance.

She has high hopes for her Spanish adventure, saying: “As team captain I hope to share my experience with younger players and achieve at least a top-three place in the tournament. It gives the squad the opportunity to play against top international teams and raises the profile of this new ladies team whilst giving players international exposure.”

Anyone who wants to learn more about deaf football should go to the Great Britain Deaf Football or Deaflympics GB Facebook pages or @GB_DeafFootball and @DeaflympicsGB on Twitter. Kent Football Association can also assist in making contact with teams.