Thomas Frank joined Bees fans in learning sign language at their game against QPR on Saturday.

The Brentford manager took part in the initiative run by the clubs’ Community Trust prior to the side’s 3-0 win over QPR.

The project has been pioneered by the Trust’s deaf football coach – Ben Lampert – who has helped raised the profile of deaf sports across west London.

“Sometimes, I think there is a misconception that deaf people can’t achieve anything because of their disability,” said Lampert.

“If deaf people can achieve great things in sport, we can change this mentality.”

“Growing up, I had to fit in and adapt to sports sessions – rather than the sessions adapted to me and my disability. I got involved with the Trust so that I could break down the barriers I faced as a child and to ensure that sport can be enjoyed by all deaf people."

Richmond and Twickenham Times:

After the victory at Griffin Park, Frank’s post-match press conference was translated to sign language to the young deaf people involved in the project to help promote British Sign Language as part of the EFL-backed Level Playing Field campaign, which advocates for disabled football fans.

“We see ourselves as one of the most welcoming clubs around and we do all we can to give all disabled supporters a great day at Griffin Park every time we play,” said Brentford FC Chairman Cliff Crown.

“I hope to see more and more fans with disabilities at our matches as we move in to our new stadium and are able to provide even better facilities.”

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