Why do Great Britain Deaf Basketball need financial support?

Great Britain Deaf Basketball is self-funded and does not receive any help or support from the British Basketball Association or the Government. The Government and the BBA at present will not recognise the Great Britain Deaf Basketball as a body and therefore, we rely on charitable donations/sponsorships and individual donations from outside support.

All coaches, managers and physiotherapists who work with Great Britain Deaf Basketball are volunteers, and to date, no one has been paid for their hard work.

Financial Struggle

The last official international competition for Great Britain deaf basketball team was in 2001 19th Deaflympic Games in Rome, Italy and 2002 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Athens, Greece – resulting in being bottom of the tables. At that time the way the national deaf team was not able to get enough recognise from the BBA or the Government. This is going to cost a mammoth £50,000 for training/preparation and participation in the World Deaf Basketball Championships and Deaflympics itself for the GB Men’s Squad.

European Under 20 Deaf Basketball Championships and World U21 Deaf Basketball Championships proved to be a financial struggle; with a cost of £1,500 each per player, UK Deaf Sports didn’t donate towards any of our player, and the players themselves sought the remaining £1,500. Many of fundraising parties were held and few charitable donations from outside support ensured we were financially able to go.

It cost £30,000 to send the Great Britain Deaf U21 Squad to the European U21 Deaf Basketball Championships in Lublin, Poland, June 2010. We came back with a pride and passion, win two and losing five games after last attend to U20 European Deaf Basketball Championships 2009, losing all games. We’ve made significant improvement which it is a big deal for UK Deaf Basketball.

The Sign Video has awarded Great Britain Deaf U21 Basketball £2,000 towards our total costs. We cannot thank them enough for their hard work in ensuring we can reach our target.

Unfortunately the Government re-directed their funding for the UKDS to the London 2012, which in turn affects all elite Deaf UK athletes who dream of achieving medals at the Deaflympics- their chance to shine has been robbed and they are further being marginalised and isolated in a hearing community where deafness is often seen as an invisible disability. Further details on UKDS campaign against the Government can be found on www.ukdeafsport.org.uk.

GB back the UKDS fully in their campaign against the Government for an unfair and unjust treatment towards elite and talented deaf athletes.

Would you like to help fundraise for GB Squad?

Perhaps you would like to donate money by holding a fundraising event in our honour? Would your company like to make GB a deserving cause for your charity of the year? Perhaps you would like to do a sponsored run, walk, swim for us? Or perhaps you have your own idea how to raise money for us. Whatever your idea, get in touch!

Get In Touch

If you would like to see our sponsorship package, and what we can offer you, contact Lina Kankeviciute, lina.cankas@deafbasketball.org.uk  (details on ‘contact us’)

UK Deaf Sports charity number: 1111776