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Originally from Belfast, Reggie worked and coached Belfast Deaf United from 2009 where he achieved great success with the team; winning the British deaf cup three times. Reggie relocated to Newcastle to work as the Disability Football Coordinator for Newcastle United Foundation. Reggie has been leading the delivery and coordination of Newcastle United Foundation’s DSActive team since its inception in 2012. The sessions have gone from strength to strength and the team have been involved in a growing number of monthly football tournaments and events over the past couple of years. They also attended the annual National Football Festival at St Georges Park.
The DSActive team sessions are amongst Reggie’s favourite throughout the week. There are many aspects of the sessions that Reggie enjoys: seeing each player fully engaged with the activity, witnessing every individual develop their technical, social and physical skills and the fantastic support from the parents of the DSActive team members.
Ultimately, if the players are enjoying their football, then Reggie is enjoying it!
Just like any team, Reggie can see that the only challenges faced during the sessions are related to the technical football skills. With good coaching and regular practice any player will master the techniques. He says, “They all enjoy playing and that is what we set out to achieve when we play. The group always listen to what we require them to do.”
Reggie has a number of proud memories of his time with the DSActive team so far: Shortly after the sessions started, Newcastle United FC first team visited and played alongside the DSActive players – a truly memorable experience for everyone. Another triumph occurred only four weeks after the launch of the DSActive team: they attended the annual National Festival and managed to bring the trophy back to the North East! It was an exceptional achievement for the both the DSActive team and their coaches.
Reggie is achieving many of his ambitions for the Newcastle United Foundation DSActive team: on 21 March 2015 (on World Down Syndrome Day) Arsenal DSActive team travelled to Newcastle to play against Newcastle DSActive team. Both sides followed their match by watching the first teams lock horns in the Premier League at St James’ Park.
Reggie recently received an award for North East Coach of the year; an award that reflects the outstanding work Reggie has done within coaching and community development. Reggie says,“The award is first and foremost a really personal achievement, however it does recognise our Newcastle United Foundation and the hard working and dedicated group of coaches in Football Development in the North East.”
Find out about all DSActive football and tennis sessions across the country: DSActive
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this is Katie’s Guest blog it is about her Cat Willow.
my name is Katie and I have Down’s syndrome. I am 20 years old.
My hobbies are writing poems, singing, art, aquaerobics and horseriding. My nephew lives near me and he is 1 year old and I love to look after him and play with him.
I thought it would be a good idea to write you a poem about my cat willow. she is great and I love her lots. I hope you like my poem.
Poem about my cat willow
Willow is mine to love for ever
Willow is in my arms comfortable and warm
Willow is an angel floating down to me
Willow is my autumn breeze
Willow is my flower blooming in to a wild flower
Willow is the gentle snow falling perfectly on the soft ground
Willow is the light to the sun
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Now in its 10th year, the Danny Mardell Knockout Challenge once again allows you the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the formidable Bobby Moore as you play at Boleyn Ground, the home to West Ham United FC. This year is the last year that fabulous football tournament takes place, so don’t miss your chance to be there on 6 June 2015.
Not only will you have the chance to change in the player’s changing rooms (home and away) and then to walk up the famous stairs, through the tunnel and run onto the pitch – a truly memorable experience for any football fan – but the tournament also offers you a minimum of three 15 minute matches plus lunch (and a free pint!)
Players from previous Danny Mardell Knockout Challenge teams have said:
“A GREAT day!”
“All the team were thrilled to play on the Hammers pitch”
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to you and all involved in the Danny Mardell Knockout Challenge. It was a fantastic experience for a fantastic cause. The event was a pleasure to be involved in and we hope that that success was matched by the money you raised.”
“The organisation of the whole day was excellent”
To take part in this wonderful day, the costs are £75 per player or £700 for a team of 10 (the final is played 10 vs 10 on the full pitch). We are also asking each team to try and raise a minimum sponsorship donation of £500 (just £50 sponsorship per player). We will provide each team with a fundraising pack as well as hints and tips on how to raise the money.
Don’t delay, start putting your team together today! To register your team contact:
Tel: 0333 121 2300
WorkFit Wales: Connecting Employers and Employees with Down’s syndrome (14-25)
By Simon James, Wales Employment Development Officer
I first met Sophie in early September of 2014. I had been in regular communication with her parents and support workers prior to this as Sophie was working on a temporary contract at her local Waitrose store. The Down’s Syndrome Association’s WorkFit project were eager to get involved as we wanted to support Sophie and Waitrose and potentially convert this temporary contract into a permanent paid position.
Sophie is supported by a local supported living provider. Sophie receives support in her day to day life but is still very independent. Sophie loves making her own meals, planning her days and keeping her home tidy.
After meeting Sophie, I contacted Waitrose and they welcomed the support from WorkFit. I visited the store and provided the team with some Down’s syndrome awareness training focusing on the learning profile of a person with Down’s syndrome. The training also looked at ways in which they could better support Sophie at work. I gave them techniques to help Sophie to fulfill her potential. The Waitrose team commented that the training was beneficial:
“I wish I had received this training prior to Sophie starting work”.
Since the team training, Sophie has now secured a permanent 5 hour contract and continues to enjoy her role. Sophie works as a catering assistant in the Waitrose Café where her daily tasks include clearing and cleaning the tables, stacking the dishwasher, making hot and cold drinks, clearing the trays and putting the crockery away. She is a valued member of staff and gets along with her colleagues and enjoys discussing the latest developments in her favourite soaps!
Sophie’s senior support worker says:
“Sophie working at Waitrose has definitely helped with her day to day routine. She is a far more confident and able person”.
Sophie combines her work at Waitrose with a very active social life. She regularly goes to her local community centre with her friends where she participates in many different activities. Sophie also enjoys doing her weekly food shopping and engaging in a little retail therapy.
WorkFit Wales supports young people aged 14-25 years with Down’s syndrome to access meaningful work opportunities that can benefit the rest of their lives. We need your local knowledge and your on-going support to help us achieve this. Do you know of inclusive employers? Do you know employers who currently support people with Down’s syndrome or may have the potential to? We are guessing for every person with Down’s syndrome there is a working parent or relative or friend who could ask at their place of work?
Tell us who the employers are by contacting the WorkFit team on 0333 1212 300 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit the WorkFit website www.dsworkfit.org.uk
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I give blood a lot. Here are my tips for when you give blood.
You can find it out where the venue is on the NHS Give Blood website: http://www.blood.co.uk. You have to book before you go.
They will give you a seat, wait until you are called. They give you a leaflet which explains the importance of blood safety and what will happen.
The nurse brings you a chair and talks to you. You tell them your date of birth and your address. They make sure you drink a pint of water before donation.
They will call your name and help you on the chair. They make sure you are OK, they clean the arm.
A blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm they are friendly people and will keep…
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