Jayson Leutwiler helps coach a Cerebral Palsy Football Session for Disability Awareness WeekWith our Disability Awareness Week in full swing, it was time for Town ‘keeper Jayson Leutwiler to lend a helping hand at one of our Cerebral Palsy Football sessions.
The children were delighted to have Jayson down to take part, who has been coming along to our programmes since joining the club.
After taking part in the various dribbling drills and helping the children improve on their goalscoring touch, Jayson reflected on what enjoyment the programme brings to those who take part.
“It’s lovely to come down,” he said. “It’s not the first time I am doing it, I have been doing it last year already. It’s very nice to see the smiles on their faces.
“You really enjoy every kick of the ball so it’s a nice moment for everybody.
“Anything we do as a community is very interesting every time, whether it’s at a school or here (the Sports Village) it’s lovely to see the kids, and as long as they enjoy it that’s the most important thing.”
Jayson also praised the way that the club and community work together to give the chance to meet their heroes, something he himself never got to experience.
“I hope it means a lot [that I’m here], I know some of them would like to see other players than me maybe! Some of them are happy that I’m here!
“I think it means a lot to them, because as a kid I would have dreamed to have a training session with any professional footballer, it never happened to me.
“It’s really nice for them.”
His involvement in the programmes has seen him get to know the children taking part, and the Town shot stopper was pleased to see them progress and improve since coming to the sessions.
“When I came here two and a half years ago, I met Kieran and Zak for example, and they really get better because they train every week, and it’s nice to see because then they probably enjoy it more as well.
“It’s lovely to see that.”