DSActive is run by the ITFC Charitable Trust and is run with the help of the Down Syndrome Association (DSA) and MoreFun.
They hold weekly football training sessions on Wednesday’s at Portman Road in Ipswich from 5pm until 6pm during term time, as well as competitions for people with Down Syndrome from the ages of five to 25.
They also create the opportunity to play regular fixtures, including playing against the Norwich City DS team!
The DSA also hold an annual national festival of which the Ipswich Town Mini Tractors attend – held at professional football club training grounds around the country. Last year it was held at Fulham’s training ground and this year it was at the West Bromwich Albion Foundation.
The DSActive Programme works to offer young people with Down’s syndrome the chance to play regular football in a comfortable yet challenging environment, helping those involved to not only improve their fitness and football skills, but also their confidence and self-esteem as well as the chance for them to meet new people and make friends.
The ten-week training package starts again in September 2012 and costs just £35 per player and includes: Transport to away fixtures, two tickets (per player) to an ITFC home game during the 2012/13 season, 10 weeks of professional training with fully qualified coaches, A Stadium Tour, A football tournament at the annual DSActive festival (transport covered), Away fixtures (transport covered), Home fixtures and The potential to progress through the player pathway and be part of the adult disability programme which involves weekly sessions (Wednesdays) and play in competitive matches.
If you are interested in joining then please ring Chris Eley at ITFC Charitable Trust on 01473 400 897 or call the booking line on 0845 1369 333. www.itfccharitabletrust.org.uk