Dons Sports Trust host national Unified Football tournament

Unified Football for The Special Olympics held at Leon School
Unified Football for The Special Olympics held at Leon School
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A FOOTBALL programme designed to break down social barriers between people with disabilities and those without came to Leon School at the weekend.

Unified Football sees mixed teams of disabled and non-disabled footballers playing against each other. Launched in 2008 in the House of Commons, the programme now has more than 600 participants.

Two teams from MK Dons Sports and Education Trust (SET) battled it out on Saturday against sides from all over the country in the third annual Unified Football Tournament.

It is the third time MK Dons SET have hosted the tournament.

The Dons sides took on teams from Special Olympics Halton A and B, Leyton Orient Advanced Soccer School, Cheshire North and West, and Special Olympics Bolton Lads and Girls Club.

The Dons A side finished third in the top division, while the B side came second in the second division.

MK Dons SET disability officer Karl White said: “We first got involved in the programme two-and-a-half years ago.

“We had three people attend the World Summer Games in Athens last year as part of our programme.”