Young Celtic fan with Down's Syndrome recognised by FIFA
FIFA have recognised the achievement’s of a young Celtic fan with Down’s Syndrome. Football’s world governing body has paid attention to 20-year-old Alex O’Donnell who helps lead the tours of Celtic Park.
O’Donnell has been one of the major beneficiaries of the Celtic Foundation’s ‘Ability Counts’ project – which aims to support and develop young people with Down’s Syndrome through games, dance and football.
WATCH@CelticFC's Ability Counts scheme helped Alex achieve his dream job at Celtic Park. #worlddownsyndromeday https://t.co/TD5homozeA
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The project has allowed him to enjoy many roles at the club but there’s one that has always stood out: being a tour guide. O’Donnell uses his encyclopedic knowledge of the club to good effect, often stunning visitors.
The youngster has made an impression in the boardroom too. Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell described him as “an exceptional young man”.
Now to cap off a memorable tale, he’s been recognised by FIFA who recently posted an article on their website.
More than a club
Celtic’s claim that they’re “a club open to all” is often branded about without much thought. That makes real stories like Alex’s even better. Celtic bring so much joy to so many for their efforts on the pitch but the club can also hold its head for stuff off it too.
The club’s foundation have played a huge part in bringing happiness to a challenging situation. For all the chat about treble trebles and ten-in-a-row Celtic’s main goal is still very clear. It’s there for all to see.