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A CHARITY is urging sports clubs and gyms in Portsmouth to do everything they can to ensure their club is accessible for people with hearing loss.

The move by Action on Hearing Loss comes as more people are interested in sport, through London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Services are legally required to make reasonable adjustments for deaf or hard of hearing people, but some clubs are not as accessible as they could be.

To assist people with hearing loss the charity is asking that staff be trained in basic deaf awareness and make sure they have the person’s attention before speaking.

It also wants venues to install a hearing loop at reception and have a registered sign language interpreter for people who communicate by sign language.

Paul Breckell, the charity’s chief executive, said: ‘It’s vital that venue managers recognise their legal responsibilities and make the simple adjustments that are needed to meet the individual needs of sports enthusiasts with hearing loss.’