Blackburn Rovers' disability sports ambassador Jayson Leutwiler made a lasting impression on the EFL Day of Disabilities by coming to enjoy a training session with the youngsters that he represents in his honourary role.
The Canadian international goalkeeper volunteered his services to take on the mantle of being the club's champion of disability sport inclusion, making him the ideal guest on the day that EFL clubs the length and breadth of the country joined forces to show how we're collectively making sport accessible for all.
His visit to the Community Trust's weekly disability football coaching session - which takes place every Monday from 5pm to 6pm at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre - saw him get involved in a series of drills and small-sided games, offering advice to the participants on how to make the most of their skills and enjoy the sport to the maximum.
Matt Pilkington, disability sports officer at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, was pleased to mark the day of celebrations with a visit from the tall shot-stopper, and thanked him for his ongoing support. He explained:
"Jayson has pro-actively approached me with a view to getting involved in these sessions and I've enjoyed being able to exchange emails with him as he gets in touch to find out how things are going.
"It's clearly an area of involvement that means quite a lot to him and it's a pleasure to welcome a player who wants to play an active part in how the concept in progressing.
"The children were really excited to have an international footballer coming along to join in with them and hopefully they'll have taken plenty from the experience.
"We love running this session every week and it appears that the youngsters love it too, so we hope that it will continue to grow in popularity the longer we keep running it."
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