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Down Syndrome Football Success At DSActive Tournament

14 June 2015

ITC Team Pick Up Group Runners-Up Trophy

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. For more information on the sessions, please contact Shrewsbury Town in the Community by email: or by calling 01743 289177

You can book a five-week block for £20.

Shrewsbury Town in the Community run Down's syndrome football sessions at Shrewsbury Sports Village in conjuction with DSActive on Tuesday night's from 5.30-6.30pm.

DSActive is a national sports programme that provides people with Down’s syndrome a fair opportunity to take part in sport, primarily football and tennis.

"The tournament was a huge success this year. It was the fifth one and it's actually the biggest one we've had.

"The first one in 2011 consisted of only seven teams because the programme was in its infant stages back then.

"It tells its own story that only four years later there's 20 teams involved in the national festival.

"The physical benefits of these events are enormous but the most important thing is the social aspect, everyone having fun, communicating with one another and making friends."
Scott Woods, DSActive sports manager, said:

"They lads really enjoyed it. They came down from Derwen College and do a session every Wednesday afternoon.

"We won three out of four games and unfortunately lost to Hull City. The games were really good and we played to a really good level.

"It was the first tournament we've played in as we've only been established for about a month now. It was a really top effort by them all."
Shrewsbury Town in the Community's health and inclusion officer, Aiden Wassell, who managed the Town side, said:

Charlton Athletic ran out as the eventual winners over Everton in the final.

The day consisted of 20 teams taking part in six-a-side games in a 13+ tournament, with each match lasting ten minutes.

The Town side consisted of Robin Ferguson, Ben Newman, Hugh O'Reilly, Joe Baxter and two additional players.

Town unfortunately missed out on a place in the semi-finals as a narrow 4-3 loss to Hull in their final match meant the Tigers finished top of the group with the Shrews finishing second.

Shrewsbury make a superb start to the tournament with a 3-0 win over Moorside Rangers Blue before further victories against Burton Joyce (9-0) and Inspire Suffolk (6-2).

The Shrewsbury Town side lifted a trophy for finishing as runners-up to Hull City in White Group, with the event taking place at the Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury.

Shrewsbury Town in the Community's Down's syndrome football team enjoyed a successful afternoon at the DSActive National Football Festival on Sunday.

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