Jordan given a chance to shine

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Jordan McBride is mad about football.

The diehard Manchester United fan has been living his dream on the pitch for the past two seasons thanks to the Inclusive Sport Trust.

Jordan was one of dozens of players, living with a disability, to take the pitch on Wednesday night at Saxton Field in an exhibition match to conclude the summer league.

Before the match he said he is looking forward to the game but not confident enough to predict a victory just yet. “We’ll see.”

Mother Erin says the league has been invaluable for her son.

“It’s been amazing for him the skills have really helped with his coordination and interacting with other kids has given him the confidence to talk to people.”

Jordan has a significant developmental and coordination disorder known as ‘pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified’. But that has not slowed him down on the pitch, says Erin.

“He just loves getting out there.”

The 18-year-old first joined the trust with the Fulton Hogan basketball league.

“It’s a good experience meeting people and the coaches are great,” says Jordan.

The trust’s mission is to lead the way to inclusion in community sports promoting participation and success regardless of physical and intellectual ability, gender, needs and cultures.

Its sports programmes are primarily, but not exclusively, for players with supported learning needs.

Siblings and others are also welcome to participate. It is all about working with your ability and improving your skills in a positive environment.