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Reading FC Deaf Team runners up in FA Disability Cup

21 May 2016

Royals narrowly beaten in tightly contested final

In a battling performance Reading FC Deaf Team finished runners up in the South East Disability FA Cup Final in a closely fought encounter last Saturday.

The Royals were narrowly beaten by Milton Keynes Dons 3-2 in the final at the FA Winklebury Football Complex in Hampshire. In a tight contest against the Dons the Royals fought hard but came up just short in the final, bringing to an end what has been a successful season.

Reading, who were crowned as the Southern Champions of the England Deaf League last month, booked their place in the final with a fine 3-1 victory over Maidstone in the last four.

Reading FC Deaf was first founded in 2013 with the help of Total Communication, one of leading British Sign Language (BSL) agencies. 

After an initial 10 weeks of taster sessions, Reading FC Deaf were then integrated into local football festivals and began competing in the BOBi League – a pan-disability league that operates across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

After a few successful years on the pitch, where the team have been able to develop a number of talented players including representatives of England and Great Britain.

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