Cardiff City FC Community Foundation was joined by Cardiff City FC first-team forward Callum Paterson as we celebrated World Down's Syndrome Day with participants from our Bluebirds Ability project. 


Hosting a football and sports festival at Cardiff City House of Sport, participants were treated to a tour of Cardiff City Stadium before being surprised by City's No.13 in the home dressing room who heard more from the parents and carers about how the sessions benefit the children involved. 

Every year, World Down's Syndrome Day is celebrated on 21st March. This occasion is used to encourage people all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what 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.


It's been great to be down at Cardiff City Stadium today celebrating World Down's Syndrome Day, to see everyone with a smile on their face is amazing for me to see. 

For the participants to get an experience like this, as well as having the chance to exercise is positive for everyone. Seeing all of the children after they've had a good day is a joy for me. 

- Callum Paterson, Cardiff City FC


The Foundation's Bluebirds Ability sessions allow children and young people with a disability access to free sports sessions, using football as a tool to encourage physical health and activity, social interaction and improve the confidence of those taking part.