Axis Foundation shows support for Deaf Rugby.

A deaf Rugby player received sponsorship from the Axis Foundation to help fund his involvement in the England Deaf Rugby team.

Paul Cooper received £500 from the Foundation which will go towards training equipment and transport costs to get to and from matches.

The team was set up for deaf and hard of hearing players who are often overlooked by mainstream clubs because of their disability. However, it often relies on donations for equipment, training facilities and transport to operate.

The importance of the club goes beyond access to sport. The team were invited to take a tour of the Houses of Parliament and discuss deaf awareness with MPs.

Paul explained: “It’s not easy to communicate when you have partial hearing loss and making those in parliament aware of the challenges and issues that need to be addressed will hopefully help the wider deaf community.”