Chelsea Football Foundation launches new team for Down's Syndrome sufferers

Chelsea Football Foundation launches new team for Down's Syndrome sufferers

Chelsea Football Foundation launches new team for Down's Syndrome sufferers

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The Chelsea Foundation's Football+ programme continues to grow following the creation of a new football team specifically for those players suffering with Down’s Syndrome.

With support from the Down’s Syndrome Association and DSActive, Chelsea Community Lions FC have been set up to provide children and adults with Down’s Syndrome (DS) a fair opportunity to get involved in sport.

The newly-formed Chelsea Community Lions train weekly at Matthew Arnold School in Staines, Middlesex with the sessions split in to two groups, one for 5-17 year olds and a bespoke session for adults.

The sessions are open to anyone with Down’s Syndrome, with 15 youngsters currently signed up to play and eight adults already part of the programme.

Max Ashley, inclusion project coach at the Chelsea Foundation, said: ‘There are so many people registered with Down’s Syndrome but the only chance they get to play football is within pan-disability training.

‘This is far from ideal as Down’s Syndrome has a specific pattern of cognitive and behavioural features cognitive and they need to be training and interacting with others who have down's syndrome.

‘The initiative we have worked on is growing by the day and the aim is to continue growing it and moving in to more areas the Foundation covers.

‘The members currently play within themselves but we are working with DSActive to arrange games against other teams in the country.’

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3:25pm Tue 21 Jan 14

PennyGreen says...

This is a wonderful programme and a positive piece about it, I have just one complaint, the use of the words "Down's Syndrome sufferers". People with Down's Syndrome do not suffer from the condition although they may have associated medical problems that cause them issues,

In 2009 at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Dublin I had a conversation about this very subject with a young man from America who has Down's Syndrome. I asked him if he 'suffered' from it and after a moments thought he told me no, that he has a great life and that all he 'suffers' from is the ignorance of people who treat him differently.

So please stop using the word 'suffer' in relation to people who have Down's Syndrome, their families and friends don't think they 'suffer' and clearly neither do they themselves.
This is a wonderful programme and a positive piece about it, I have just one complaint, the use of the words "Down's Syndrome sufferers". People with Down's Syndrome do not suffer from the condition although they may have associated medical problems that cause them issues, In 2009 at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Dublin I had a conversation about this very subject with a young man from America who has Down's Syndrome. I asked him if he 'suffered' from it and after a moments thought he told me no, that he has a great life and that all he 'suffers' from is the ignorance of people who treat him differently. So please stop using the word 'suffer' in relation to people who have Down's Syndrome, their families and friends don't think they 'suffer' and clearly neither do they themselves. PennyGreen
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8:10pm Tue 21 Jan 14

QPR4Me says...

Chelsea are just a little bit behind the times on this. Fulham FC founded the Fulham Badgers Down's Syndrome specific coaching initiative back in 2006 and were the first in the country to do so. QPR FC became the second when they founded their Tiger Cubs in November 2008.
Better late than never but still disappointing from a club that claims to be amongst the biggest in the land!
Chelsea are just a little bit behind the times on this. Fulham FC founded the Fulham Badgers Down's Syndrome specific coaching initiative back in 2006 and were the first in the country to do so. QPR FC became the second when they founded their Tiger Cubs in November 2008. Better late than never but still disappointing from a club that claims to be amongst the biggest in the land! QPR4Me
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