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Ruairi flourishing with Palace

How Crystal Palace and PL/BT Disability programme are giving confidence to one young footballer with Down's Syndrome.

Ruairi Coyne

Meet Ruairi

The Premier League & BT Disability programme is a three-year initiative which enables Premier League clubs to inspire disabled people through sport.

Over the past two years, more than 21,000 people have participated in club-run sessions including Crystal Palace DS Eagles player Ruairi Coyne.

Ruairi loves nothing more than playing football, and the 10-year-old, who has Down's Syndrome, has been given the opportunity to fulfil his dreams thanks to the work of Crystal Palace and a scheme supported by the Premier League & BT Disability Fund.

"Ruairi engaged in occasional football sessions at school and at the weekend we would play in the park," explains Ruairi's mum, Valerie.

"He looks forward to the session every week. He loves meeting up with his friends and, by being sociable, it's put him in a situation where he has had to develop his speaking skills."

The sessions Ruairi attends are supported by the Premier League & BT Disability programme which sees 25 clubs committed to helping remove barriers and provide more opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport.

Did you know?

21,427 people have participated in the Premier League & BT Disability programme sessions since its launch in 2016

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