On Sunday, Cardiff City’s DS Active Bluebirds took part in the annual DS Active Football Festival in the Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury.
The annual festival attracts teams from all over the country with players with Down’s Syndrome coming from far and wide to play.
The Bluebirds found themselves up against Lincoln in their first fixture, a fast and open game that ended 2-2, Luke Baker and Tom Waite the scorers in the game.
In their second fixture, the players were up against reigning champions, Charlton Athletic UpBeats. The Bluebirds played well, but came up short, losing 2-0. The Bluebirds played a further two games against Norwich and QPR and emerged victorious on both occasions.
Bradley O’Keef’s hat-trick against QPR and Gareth Lloyds stunning solo goal against Norwich City proved to be the highlights. Despite the Bluebirds best efforts It wasn’t enough for them to qualify for the semi finals.
Group rivals Charlton Athletic UpBeats went unbeaten to qualify ahead of the Bluebirds, and went on to win the festival, beating Derby County in the final.
Disability & Health Coordinator, Josh Law said:
“We’ve had a fantastic day today, the players have really enjoyed themselves. I’d like to thank DS Active and West Bromwich Albion Foundation for organizing the festival and for making it such a great day.”
To find out more about Disability Football, please contact Josh Law by emailing – firstname.lastname@example.org