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‘People get judged’ – meet Britain’s only deaf full-time football coach

Ben Lampert, who works with Brentford and England’s deaf team, wants a place for deaf players and coaches in the professional game

Ben Lampert props up an iPad on a table in a Griffin Park lounge and loads FaceTime. At the other end of the call is a British sign language (BSL) interpreter who enables Lampert, born profoundly deaf, to conduct this interview about his work as the only deaf full-time football coach in Britain.

Lampert’s primary role is at Brentford FC Community Trust but he also took a job as the England deaf football team’s assistant coach recently. After a 15-year playing career during which he represented England and Great Britain across the world, winning gold at the Deaflympics in Melbourne, he is helping inspire the next generation before the European Championship in Crete this summer.

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