Saints Foundation surprised participants on its SaintsAbility programme with an early Christmas present, as they were given the chance to experience life as a first-team Southampton player for a night.
The group thought they were heading for one of their normal Monday evening training sessions, only to be whisked off to Staplewood Campus, where they were given a tour of the facilities by Saints legend Kelvin Davis, before training in the club’s state-of-the-art dome.
The surprise was part of the club’s Wrapped in Red & White campaign, which celebrates and rewards the community and individuals within it who promote The Southampton Way.
The Saints Ability programme, which is funded by the BT/Premier League Disability Fund, works with people of all ages and impairment.
That includes 12 schools across Hampshire, providing PE lessons and in-class support, as well as seven open-access and five impairment-specific sessions per week.
The programme also set up the county’s first Pan Disability League earlier this year, while it delivers the FA Talent Hub for talented youngsters, aged seven to 16, with cerebral palsy, visual impairment and hearing impairments.
In total, Saints Ability worked with more than 600 participants during the 2016/17 season.
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