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Sunderland duo join in with Premier League and BT disability programme

Sunderland duo Duncan Watmore and Lee Camp joined participants at the club's trainee programmes.

Duncan Watmore and Lee Camp star in the latest BT Sport film which focuses on Sunderland’s trainee programme, run using funding from the Premier League & BT Disability Initiative.

Airing on Sunday, May 13, on BT Sport 1 during BT Sport Score, Watmore and Camp join Jack Ramsey, a young man with a hearing impairment, as he leads a class of young children with hearing impairments in a football-based session.

Jack joined Sunderland AFC’s Foundation as a participant on their weekend Pan Disability coaching sessions about 10 years ago.

He has progressed through the disability pathway and is now in their ‘Coaches Academy’ trainee programme, training to become a coach and specialising in working with those with disabilities and on their Disability Awareness programme.

The Foundation of Light uses the enthusiasm young people, adults and their families in the North East have for football to engage them in learning and sports activity that can consequently improve skills, motivation, attainment and independence.

The award-winning BT Sport Films team is producing and broadcasting short films on individuals involved and positively impacted by the Premier League and BT Disability programme, raising the profile of the project and the clubs’ broader inclusion work to millions of people.

Following an independent funding application assessment process, successful Premier League clubs employ a dedicated Disability Officer responsible for co-ordinating the programme and promoting inclusion.

Disability Officers will work with local agencies to amplify existing work and deliver programmes that engage disabled people through sport. Sport will be used to provide a range of opportunities such as volunteering, education, employability, and apprenticeships.

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