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'Disability Festival allows kids to show who they are'

19 Jul 2018
2018 Premier League/BT Disability Football Festival, Manchester United

The best photos and social posts from the PL/BT Disability Football Festival in Manchester this week

This week in Manchester, nearly 200 people, representing 23 football clubs from around the country, took part in the PL/BT Disability Football Festival at Manchester City's Etihad Campus.

Here we tell the story of a memorable day.

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey set the scene.

The 2018 PL/BT Football Festival gave participants the opportunity to show their skills and gain confidence at the home of the Premier League champions.

2018 Premier League/BT Disability Football Festival

The participants took part in various drills, including, tricks and flicks, turning and shooting.

2018 Premier League/BT Disability Football Festival

Former Wimbledon, Arsenal and West Ham United striker John Hartson was inspired by the spirit of the players.

There was plenty of time to take a selfie with the Premier League Trophy and to perform some well-rehearsed goal celebrations.

2018 Premier League/BT Disability Football Festival

A sensory room was set up to show how clubs are helping fans with sensory difficulties enjoy the game.

Former Everton and Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott tried out blind football.

2018 Premier League/BT Disability Football Festival

While he also met the participants taking part.

2018 PL/BT Disability Football Festival, Joleon Lescott, Manchester City

And one Spurs player won a big fan in Hartson.

There was also the chance for the players to take part in a pan-disability competitive tournament, which allowed participants with various disabilities to come together and play.

2018 Premier League/BT Disability Football Festival

And for BT Sport presenter Abi Stephens, it was a humbling day.

The Festival celebrates the work of the PL/BT Disability Sport programme, which is delivered by 25 clubs.

2018 Premier League/BT Disability Football Festival

The scheme has engaged more than 19,000 people since its launch in 2016.

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