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Foundation DS Active team finish Runners Up at national tournament

Newcastle United Foundation’s Down’s Syndrome football team finished Runners Up in the annual national tournament in Birmingham.

They went through their entire group five league fixtures unbeaten to qualify for the semi finals. They met a good Arsenal team and beat them convincingly to qualify for their first appearance in the final.

Unfortunately they were beaten by a very strong and mature Charlton Upbeats team however Newcastle United’s Gary Cringle did go on to win the Goalkeeper of the Tournament accolade.

The DS team is now in training for their first appearance in the Costa Blanca Cup in Spain in early July. Spanish teams, Valencia, Villarreal and Levanta will also be competing in the tournament.

The Premier League and BT Disability Fund supports Newcastle United Foundation’s Disability programme.

Newcastle United Foundation Disability Coach, Reggie Dornan, said “We have particpated in this tournament for the last six years and we are improving year on year. The team performed brilliantly – finishing second in the country is a massive result for us!

‘The players train really hard at their weekly sessions and their coaches, Michael Woods, Mark Daglish and Liam Appleby are hugely proud of them. Next up is the Costa Blanca Cup in Spain – fingers crossed we can perform just as well – I know the team will certainly be trying their best to do Newcastle United proud.”

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