Club Doncaster Titans chairman Darren Warner is proud his side is supporting the global International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The Titans have been working with mental health sufferers and the disabled across the Doncaster region, giving them the chance to be part of a wider footballing community, something Darren says has had a positive impact on many of the members.
A football club built on the back of a commitment to aid the development of the disabled and people struggling with mental health, the Titans have so far made a huge impact on disabled sport in Doncaster.
Darren said: “When I started the club back in 2014 we had just eight players, we now have more than 140, which has been a consistent number for the past two or three years.
“It’s very important to make people aware that there is teams out there which allows people to play football, no matter what level of ability they are, and that the opportunity is there for them.”
Darren feels there are real benefits to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which takes place on December 3.
He said: “We as a club are committed to supporting it. We feel it is important to be inclusive and promote equality through our sessions and out representing the Titans at events all over the region.”
The Titans take part in multiple disability tournaments throughout the year, ranging from junior matches to adult leagues, all of which has raised the profile of disability in sport.
Darren does not plan to stop there, with aims to further increase the exposure of disability in sport. He added: “The aim is to keep the sustainability of the club going throughout Doncaster and continue to offer inclusiveness in all of the sessions.
“It will allow our participants to grow and maintain friendships, hopefully meaning the club will be around for a long time.”
The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities.
It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
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