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Ruairi flourishing with Palace Foundation

26 Jun 2018
Ruairi Coyne

How Crystal Palace and PL/BT Disability programme are giving confidence to one young footballer with Down's Syndrome

Meet Ruairi.

Ruairi is 10 years old and has Down's Syndrome.

But like many kids his age he loves nothing more than playing football.

He has been given the opportunity to fulfil his dreams thanks to the work of Crystal Palace and a scheme supported by the Premier League/BT Disability Fund.

The Premier League & BT Disability programme is a three-year initiative which enables Premier League clubs to inspire disabled people through sport.

Over the past two years, more than 21,000 people including Ruairi have participated in club-run sessions.

"Ruairi engaged in occasional football sessions at school and at the weekend we would play in the park," explains his mum, Valerie.

"He looks forward to the session every week. He loves meeting up with his friends and, by being sociable, it's put him in a situation where he has had to develop his speaking skills."

The Palace for Life Foundation sessions Ruairi attends are supported by the Premier League & BT Disability programme which sees 25 clubs committed to helping remove barriers and provide more opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport.

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