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Danny Ings Disability Project Launches

25 November 2014

Danny Ings lit up the faces of disabled youngsters in Burnley at the launch of his new disability project.



The Clarets striker has funded the ambitious scheme, which aims to deliver football coaching to disabled youngsters and with learning difficulties throughout the region.




In conjunction with Burnley FC in the Community, the aim is also to set up a disabled football team and, subsequently, widen the programme.


And Ings, launching the scheme at Ridgewood Community High School in Burnley, insisted he was proud to put his name – and money – to such a worthwhile venture.


He said: “This all started when I gave my boots to a young fan, Joseph Skinner, at the end of the season before last.


The picture that inspired the Danny Ings Disability Project


“The look on his face inspired me and it gave me the idea to work with disabled youngsters. The result is the Danny Ings Disability Project.


“I’m planning to work with as many disabilities as I can and give them as much support in football coaching as I can.


“We’ll also be looking to develop Burnley’s first disabled football team to compete in the North West league.”




“I’m planning to work with as many disabilities as I can and give them as much support in football coaching as I can.


“We’ll also be looking to develop Burnley’s first disabled football team to compete in the North West league.”


Ings, who took part in the first sessions with youngsters on Tuesday, added: “It’s something that has been a long time coming.


“I wanted to do it last year, but with all the games it wasn’t possible, so I sat down with the Community department this summer and we planned this out.


“I have to thank them because they have been brilliant. Now I want to help with the coaching sessions. I’m a better player than a coach, but I want to do my bit and spend some time with the kids.


“It’s not about the money.


“It’s about seeing the smiles on kids’ faces. That means more to me than any money ever could and it’s why I want to give as much back as I can.”




Neil Hart, Head of Burnley FC in the Community, added: “Danny came to us in the summer wanting to do something positive and give something back.


“He wanted to do something involving disabled youngsters and with learning difficulties, so we created programme in consultation with him.


“That will see us deliver disability sport to all the seven Special Educational Needs Schools in the Burley, Pendle and Rossendale region.


“Burnley FC In the Community staff will, along with Danny and hopefully some of his first team colleagues, provide free football coaching to all the children in those schools.


“We will also create a Burnley adult disability football team and host weekly wheelchair football sessions at Turf Moor and have a pan disability session.


“We wouldn’t be able to do that without Danny investing in this programme.




“He is funding the whole thing from the outset and we are hoping this will kick-start and attract other funding to give the project longevity.”


For more information on the Danny Ings Disability Project, please contact Burnley FC in the Community on community@burnleyfc.com.



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