‘Trying to find a scheme promoting engagement and development skills for special needs is very hard to find. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack…. and Shrewsbury Town in the Community is that needle’ – PAUL, JAMES’S DAD.

The story of Ruben and James is one of overcoming adversity and the willingness to reach outside of their comfort zones. Both live with a condition known as Development Coordination Disorder; a condition that can cause a person to perform less well than expected in daily activities for their age. This is linked to coordination and means that the individual may struggle with fine motor skills. A condition such as this can also lead to low self-esteem and a reluctance to participate in physical activity, particularly within a team environment.

Both James and Ruben met at one of our Shrewsability sessions and are now regular attendees. Having become good friends in such a short space of time, James and Ruben have helped to lift one another; with both displaying positive transformations physically and in their opinion of themselves. Prior to the session both were reluctant to mix with others and had very little interest with participating in physical activity. Ruben would watch others participate but never join in, whilst James often showed little interest. Both are now enjoying their exercise, have developed a sense of belonging and have a positive outlook on sports and team activities. Both display much more confidence in themselves, and both are now much more agreeable to mix with others; allowing their brilliant personalities to shine through.

Both Ruben and James have proved to be a tower of strength for one another. The transformations in both are testament to the positive effect that a good friendship and belief in one another can have.

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