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by Helen Mayo @Everton

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Young people from Down Syndrome Liverpool’s football team enjoyed a special afternoon at Everton’s training ground on Tuesday.

Sylvain Distin took part in an exclusive coaching session with the group, delivered by Everton in the Community’s disability team.

Keen football fans, the children were delighted to meet the Blues defender and he also had a special surprise for the group, handing out a match ticket to Everton’s upcoming home fixture against Stoke City for each member of the team.

Not only will they be able to watch the Blues in action for the Premier League clash but they will also be invited onto the pitch for a half-time coaching session at Goodison.

Sylvain said: “It has been a joy to meet the children whilst they were training here today. They have loved every second.

“Events like this can make such a difference and I feel privileged to be able to get involved. All year round the Club carries out fantastic work to engage with young people and this is a perfect example of that.”

John Hogan, Chair of Down Syndrome Liverpool, said: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity for the kids to train here at Everton with Sylvain and raise awareness of the work of the charity.”

The Blues teamed up with Down Syndrome Liverpool to raise awareness of the work of the charity and the support it offers to parents, carers and families affected by Down Syndrome.

The Merseyside-based charity support many families but there are thousands more across the region who could benefit from their expertise and ahead of Down Syndrome Awareness Week (18-23 March), they are urging anyone living with Down Syndrome to contact them to find out how they can offer support.

The charity provide advice and support to new parents, organise weekly toddler groups and other social events, and provide up to date information on the best approaches to teaching children with the condition.

They also support the training and development of professionals who work with people with Down Syndrome, such as classroom support workers, speech therapists and educational psychologists.

To find out more about the work of the charity, call chairman John Hogan on 0151 427 2699 or email secretary@downsyndromeliverpool.org.uk .

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