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Spireites Help Out Media Student

11 December 2017

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The Spireites have helped a media student who is profoundly deaf, meeting her request to conduct interviews for a football magazine she is creating as part of her coursework.

Seventeen-year-old Ellie Biggerstaff, from Joseph Wright College in Derby, got in touch with the club’s head of media & communications, Nick Johnson, who readily agreed to assist. 

Nick arranged for Ellie to visit the Proact Stadium and interview manager Jack Lester and striker Kristian Dennis, with the aid of sign language.  

Afterwards, Ellie said: ”I really want a future in this area of football, but I thought I couldn't do it due to my deafness. Chesterfield broke down these barriers for me and gave me a pathway to my dream career. 

“I really enjoyed the experience and I am grateful to Chesterfield for the opportunity."

Martin Thacker, who is a regional director of the National Deaf Children’s Society, communicated with Ellie via sign language and relayed the questions and answers. 

He commented: “I thought that Jack and Kristian were both excellent. They coped well very with it because it’s quite stilted when you have someone there who’s signing who is then breaking off to explain what has been said. 

“There were some great questions and answers and I would like to thank Chesterfield Football Club for giving Ellie this opportunity.”

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