Looking Forward to 2020 with DSA Staff

…a few staff members from around the organisation about their highlights of 2019, and what they are looking forward to in 2020! Chris – Information Officer What was your personal highlight of last year? My highlight was playing Ultimate Frisbee with my colleagues last summer. It was great to be active and in the sun. What was the ‘Stand Out Moment’ for the information team? The stand out for me was publishing the Down’s Syndrome Association’s ‘Let…

2019 Guest Blogs Review

Well that’s it, in the blink of an eye 2019 has been and gone. We have lots of new exciting projects coming this year, but for now we wanted to take a look back at all the people who sent us guest blogs for our website last year. Did you meet Ben? Ben is an incredibly busy 18 year old. He goes to the gym, does gymnastics, plays for the Moorside Rangers DSActive football team and plays tennis. He also spends Thursday night at Team Swag, but I will…

A review of 2019

2019 has been a busy year for the DSActive team and now we are approaching Christmas it’s a good time to take a breath and reflect on what we’ve achieved. 1000 participants The DSActive team now supports 1000 people with Down’s syndrome in DSActive sessions across England and Wales. We are very proud of this achievement, and we couldn’t have done it without the hard work of the DSActive team and all the clubs we work with. To celebrate this achie…

Q&A with Christopher, winner of Newcastle United Foundation Disability Player of the Year!

…unning a brilliant football session for players with Down’s syndrome since 2014. The team has traveled across the UK and beyond to compete in tournaments and friendlies. At the recent End of Year Awards the club named Christopher, one of the players with Down’s syndrome, Disability Player of the Year. Christopher was presented with his award by Newcastle first team player Isaac Hayden. We caught up with Christopher and his Dad to ask them a bit ab…

Football Programme at Longfleet Youth FC – One Year On!

…ams (Lions, Cubs and Tigers), with an average of 25 players from ages 4 to 23 attending regular monthly training sessions with qualified coaches. The benefits for players and parents are clear to see. Players show an improved mood-state and an increase of self-esteem and are enjoying new experiences and making new friends etc. They are also getting some exercise and learning new football skills. Parents get the chance to meet other parents, share…

8th DSActive National Festival delivers β€˜the highest standard I have ever seen’

…playing in her very first match but was fantastic with the gloves on. The Golden Boot this year went to Tayo from Millwall who scored a magnificent 26 goals in the group stages. And this year’s Players player went to Sam from Merseyside Blues. He showed great enthusiasm throughout the day, never stopped smiling from start to finish and all of the DSA staff agreed he encapsulated what the DSActive National Festival is all about. Here are some photo…

QPR Trust celebrate 10 Year Anniversary at House of Commons

…end the our National Festival every year. Images sourced from QPR Trust Feb 2019 and Back Page Images The 10th anniversary event was held at the House of Commons. Over 100 people attended including members of staff, partners, players/participants as well as professional football players such as Les Ferdinand, Chris Ramsey, Steve McClaren. Two players from the Tiger Cubs gave speeches about their own football journey and their mums also spoke about…

Our highlights from 2018

As preparations for World Down Syndrome Day 2019 are well under way, the DSActive team thought we would take a look back at some of our highlights from 2018. The year started with a bang with lots of our football teams getting involved in fixtures against each other. In January, our first fixture of the year saw Crystal Palace take on the Millwall Lions in a friendly fixture which showed just how far both teams have come. February saw the DSActiv…

Hull City DSActive get tournament experience ahead of this year’s National Football Festival

…the Hull DSActive team The Hull City DSActive team has been running since 2011 and was formed as part of the Tigers Trust. Our current squad of nine are all passionate about football and in particular Hull City FC. Our team coach, Katy, arranged for Hull City DSActive to take part in a tournament hosted by Fulham on 23 April. Despite the five and a half hour coach journey, the team arrived at Fulham’s training ground fresh and raring to go. The t…

The DSActive Nutrition App

…e healthy or unhealthy. See our interview highlights here: We received over 200 completed surveys from carers and family members of those with Down’s syndrome. We sought to understand the following: eating behaviour e.g. whether the person with Down’s syndrome planned their meals and/or cooked for themselves and what kind of food they liked to eat food shopping e.g. whether the person with Down’s syndrome shopped for food and how they did this whe…