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Wales Deaf Rugby Union

31 March, 2017
Wales Deaf Rugby Union community event
Cardiff Blues player, Lewis Jones, attends Wales Deaf Rugby Union community event

Staff from Specsavers on Queen Street leant their support to primary and secondary school pupils who attended Wales Deaf Rugby Union (WDRU) events.

Nutrition and rugby skills

Thirty two partially deaf children from primary schools in Cardiff attended an event in Cardiff Arms Park, hosted by WDRU, which taught them about the importance of nutrition and rugby skills.

A follow-up event for pupils in secondary school was also held by the WDRU, again to teach partially deaf students key sports skills.

Eye and ear health

Specsavers supported the two events by providing goody bags for the pupils who attended, promoting the importance of looking after eye and ear health from a young age. Both events were also attended by players of the WDRU team.

Nic Edwards, manager at Specsavers Cardiff, said: ‘At Specsavers we are proud supporters of the WDRU, and have been for more than four years now.

‘Sadly, hearing loss can have a social stigma attached to it and that’s why we’re always keen to help support the community events hosted by WDRU, so that school pupils who are affected by hearing loss can come together, learn new skills and have fun in an environment that is supportive.

‘It’s great that WDRU players attend the community events as they are living proof that hearing loss does not have to stop you from achieving great things.’

Specsavers renewed its three-year sponsorship of WDRU in Ocotber 2015, in a deal worth £15,000. You don't need to be profoundly or totally deaf to play deaf rugby; you only need a combined average hearing loss of 25db or more in both ears. This is approximately a minimum hearing loss in both ears, or a moderate hearing loss in one ear but normal hearing in the other.

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