A young lad with Down Syndrome, Ethan is a participant at our Junior Disability Football Sessions and it is clear, he has benefited greatly from being part of a group of people his own age and with the same intentions – to enjoy taking part in playing football whilst socialising with people who have now become good friends.
Participation has seen a growth in Ethan’s confidence with and without a ball at his feet, and it has helped greatly in the improvement of skills that are invaluable to everyday life.
Ethan’s mum said: ‘Ethan has developed so many positive skills by attending the sessions run by Bolton Wanderers Community Trust. Including social skills, communication skills, attention skills and the friendships he has made with the others is heart warming, proving that children who have Down Syndrome are capable of achieving the same goals as everybody else when given the opportunities to succeed!’
Ethan’s Coach, Nathan Saint who is a Disability Football Development Officer for the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust spoke with glowing praise for his participant:
‘Ethan first got involved with Bolton Wanderers Community Trust through our Every Player Counts project, this project was set up to help increase participation in Disability Football within Bolton and provide more opportunities for the disabled community.’
‘He has been attending sessions with us for almost three years now and the improvements have been huge both in his football ability and his personal skills and qualities.’
‘He has become much more social with other participants and all the members of staff. His confidence has grown massively both with a football and without. He has learnt to work well as part of a team and also gained more of an understanding of the rules of football and how to cope with losing and winning in a competitive scenario.’
‘Ethan has now progressed to become a player for our Bolton Wanderers Junior Disability Football Club. Last week he took part in his first competitive game against Wigan Athletic, which he enjoyed very much. He also helped out by playing for the opposing team when they were short of players.’
‘Ethan is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to continuing coaching him at our football sessions.’