In 2011, Moorside Rangers FC based in Swinton, formed a Down Syndrome Active group, which encouraged D/S children to enjoy the thrill of footbal involvement.
Sunday mornings both groups meet, under the supervision of volunteers, who have all completed their FA Level 1 coaching course.
At 10am our open age group.engage in football disciplines, practicing skills and competing in games.
11am.sees our juniors, from the age of 4 having the time of their lives with the various activities which are organised for them.
Apart from the obvious enjoyment, the benefits achieved over a period of time are brilliant.
Self confidence, movement, and communication, are just part of the success resulting from the activities they take part in.
Recently together with Manchester City, Everton, Warrington Wolves, and Egerton D/S groups, the older age group will be part of a 5 team league.
The Etihad training complex will host the first round of games, Saturday 31st March, and obviously the boys and girls are excited, and looking forward to a special day of football.
In June they will again compete in the annual D/S Active Festival at West Bromwich, playing against teams such as, Tottenham, Newcastle, Arsenal who are also involved with D/S.
On Sunday 11th March, Moorside D/S hosted a visiting team from Derry in Northern Ireland.
Paul Kelly, from Manchester City, was instrumental in organising the game, and also came down to assist.
Our senior team took on our visitors in a match officiated by volunteer ref Steve McCarthy, from the Salford league.
The atmosphere around the pitch was brilliant, with both teams enjoying their football and responding to the encouragement of an extremely happy and enthusiastic gathering.
It was now time for our 'mini stars' to showcase their skills, in their very first football match, and what a debut they made.
Before we even kicked off, Nathaniel displayed his goal celebration by throwing off his shirt and running bare chested around the pitch, much to the delight of the on looking spectators.
The game progressed in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with both teams enjoying competing at 'international level'
As the game drew to a close , Charlie scored a delightful goal, and then set off high fiving everyone in sight.
Brilliant end to two brilliant matches.
Paul then presented certificates to all the players, before we retired to the clubhouse for complimentary refreshments.
The perfect end to a perfect day.