A Manchester-based Down Syndrome Group were in attendance at Sale Sharks’ Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final against Saracens, after a donation of free tickets from Printerland.
City Downs Syndrome Group, which engages its members in weekly sessions of physical activity, watched on as won 28-7 to claim a place in the final.
The group, based within Manchester City FC’s Sports Campus, is made up of around 25 participants each week, with age groups ranging from as young as 4 to 30.
They were handed free tickets to watch the action at the AJ Bell Stadium following a surprise appearance from Sharks’ own Lood De Jager, Tom Curtis, and Josh Beaumont at a tag rugby session.
Mark Cueto, Sale Sharks Commercial Director, said: “After a great session with the City Down’s Syndrome Group, it was brilliant to see them at the game on Friday.
“The work that Manchester City in Community does to create an inclusive environment for those with disabilities is so inspirational, and I know the players enjoyed meeting the team and running training for them.
“Regardless of background or ability, ourselves and club partner Printerland, both have a commitment to making rugby accessible and engaging with a wider audience, and that’s why donations and events like these are so important.”
The clubs were given the match tickets by Altrincham-based firm, Printerland, a key club sponsor and the UK’s largest reseller of printers, ink cartridges and toners.
The donation was part of Printerland’s ongoing commitment to inclusiveness and ticket donation initiative that aims to introduce new audiences to the game of rugby.
For more information about Printerland, visit www.printerland.co.uk.