EE and BT Sport are on the hunt for two new British Sign Language commentators to join the broadcaster’s pundit line-up.
The campaign, named New Signing, will provide two BSL commentators or presenters with a first-of-its-kind opportunity to be trained by BT Sport so that they can sign at some of the biggest BT Sport football games next season, including the FA Disability Cup 2023 and UEFA Champions League Final in 2023.
Anyone can apply for the roles, with the two people selected also documenting their journey across BT Sport and online next year.
The project continues the broadcaster’s work at making its broadcast more accessible to all viewers.
BT Sport has previously broadcast the “most accessible” coverage of football match in the UK, with its work on 2021’s FA Disability Cup. Viewers were given the option of three access services; sign language, audio description and subtitles, available on three different channels.
Rebecca Mansell, chief executive of the British Deaf Association said: “EE and BT Sport have set a brilliant example of what it means to successfully collaborate effectively with the Deaf community to produce an outstanding and inclusive campaign.
“Earlier this year, our decades of campaigning paid off when Parliament passed the BSL Act 2022, giving legal recognition to British Sign Language as a language of Great Britain for the first time. We look forward to collaborating further with EE and BT Sport to protect, preserve and promote British Sign Language for generations to come.”
Watch the video for more details about how to apply for New Signing.