The Fulham Badgers were established by Fulham FC Foundation in 2006 and were the first Down’s Syndrome specific football coaching project in the country. Since the Badgers inception the Fulham template has been utilised by the DSA to replicate similar projects in partnership with other Professional Club community schemes.
‘Badgers’ training takes place every Friday (excluding school holidays) at Raynes Park High School. There are two sessions, one for the older participants (10+) and another for the slightly younger mini-badgers (5 – 10). All the sessions focus on skill development in a fun, sociable environment and there is an opportunity to play against other Down’s syndrome football teams in regularly scheduled tournaments.
In 2010, the Fulham Badgers went on an exchange tour to Hong Kong, thanks largely to a huge collective fundraising effort, including parents, the DSA and the club, helping the Badgers become the first UK based Down’s syndrome football team to travel to the Far East. In March 2011, Fulham FC Foundation hosted the first Premier League Down’s Syndrome Tournament.
2012 has been a terrific year so far for the Badgers. Having been crowned champions of the Premier League Down’s Syndrome Football Tournament, the squad is now looking forward to taking part in a tournament in Norway that kicks off in August. Making up a few of the 1,400 expected participants, the Badgers are the only team from outside of Norway who have been invited to take part.
You can donate to the Fulham Badgers at their JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/BadgersNorwayTour.
If you would like more information about the Fulham Badgers training sessions, please contact us on: 0870 442 5432 (calls will cost 7 pence per minute plus your telephone company's access charge) or email: Foundation_Info@fulhamfc.com.