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Monday 18 March 2013

Everton's Sylvain Distin gives Liverpool Down Syndrome team tips

Everton defender drops in to give Down Syndrome Liverpool an exclusive coaching session

Sylvain Distin trains with the Down Syndrome Liverpool’s team

Young people from Down Syndrome Liverpool’s football team enjoyed a special afternoon at Everton’s training ground this week when defender Sylvain Distin took part in an exclusive coaching session.

The event, organised by Everton in the Community’s disability team, sought to raise awareness of the support that the charity offers to parents, carers and families affected by Down Syndrome. As well as meeting Distin the children each received a special surprise from the Frenchman, a match ticket to Everton’s home fixture against Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League and an invitation on to the pitch for a half-time coaching session at Goodison Park during the match.

“It has been a joy to meet the children whilst they were training here today,” Distin said. “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.”

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.”

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Key Points

  • Everton's Sylvain Distin drops in on Liverpool Down Syndrome football team
  • Exclusive training session deisgned to raise awareness of support charity gives
  • Kids also got a free ticket to see the team at Goodison Park