Everton ace and Ireland Captain Seamus Coleman had a ball celebrating World Down Syndrome Day 2019 with some of his biggest fans.
The Killybegs footballer played a very special game with Yerry Mina and friends recently which was full of laughter, enthusiasm and great tricks too.
Down Syndrome Day, which is celebrated today 21st March, is a highlight of Coleman’s year. This year, he got club members together at Everton’s state-of-the-art training facility for an enjoyable game with the Everton in the Community’s Down syndrome team.
Accompanied by Club Ambassador Ian Snodin, the 14-strong group of players enjoyed a five-a-side full of passion and trickery. The result was a heart-warming video with a strong message of inclusion:
Video via @Everton Football Club
The motto of World Down Syndrome day 2019 is ‘Leave No One Behind’, which is a message that Coleman is keen to promote.
The Ireland International told evertontv: “In the club, the community and everyday life we’ve all got to help each other along the way some way and be there for each other. You never know anyone’s story and it’s very easy to judge. But we’re all in it together and leave no one behind and I think that should be a motto for every day life as well.”
Coleman has held the role of Everton in the Community Disability Ambassador for four years and clearly loves the interaction with the youngsters.
He said: “It always puts a smile on my face and, in turn, I think it puts a smile on their faces as well so it’s great.”
Events are taking place in Donegal and all over the world in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day 2019. Everyone can take part by wearing odd socks (#LotsOfSocks) or making an effort to learn more about Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.