OXFORD United have started a new initiative coaching children and adults with Down’s Syndrome.

The first session took place last week at The Oxford Academy, in Littlemore, with 16 players of all ages taking part.

Coach Gary Allen was thrilled with its popularity and revealed U’s first-team boss Karl Robinson could even help out in the future.

He told the U’s official website: “It came about through the Oxford United Walking Football team.

“We welcome everyone and believe that anyone should be able to enjoy the physical and social benefits of playing football.

“We started talking to DS Active in Oxford and learned a little about the challenges there are for people with Down’s Syndrome when it comes to football and that’s exactly the sort of challenge we love: can we make football sessions work successfully and offer the right environment for everyone?

“Inclusivity is one of the key things at Oxford United and we loved the first session and have been amazed at the response and reaction.

“We spoke with Karl Robinson and he has promised to come and help coach at a session later in the summer and we hope the numbers grow and grow.”

The next session will be held on Wednesday at 5pm at The Oxford Academy and is open to players of all ages.

Email amanda@dsoxford.org.uk for more details.

Down’s Syndrome Oxford is a charity based in Charlbury, near Chipping Norton.

It is organised and funded by parents and supporters to provide information, help and activities for children with Down’s Syndrome and their families in the Oxfordshire area.