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Palace Women join DS Eagles for virtual Q&A

Leigh Nicol and Amber Gaylor joined our Down's Syndrome team for a lively and entertaining video call, answering their questions and sharing stories with our players.

Palace Women’s players Leigh Nicol and Amber Gaylor joined the Palace for Life Foundation’s Down’s Syndrome football team, the DS Eagles, for a special question and answer session over a video call this week.

During this second lockdown, Palace for Life Disability Inclusion Officer Ben Perryman has been holding weekly chats so that the players and their families can keep in regular touch with each other. The players are able to share their experiences of lockdown and also take part in the weekly score predictor challenge where everyone tries to predict the outcome of that weekend’s matches.

Speaking after the session, Ben Perryman said: “Leigh and Amber were fantastic! They took part in a lively, and very funny, Q&A session where the group talked about all sorts of football things, ranging from favourite teams, players and matches to everyone remembering the exciting penalty shoot outs they had been in, with the DS Eagles telling us all about their penalty shoot-out victory over Arsenal.

“We almost got to a kick-off challenge too, but when Amber mentioned the fact that the last time she tried this the ball ended up over the fence in her neighbour’s garden, we quickly changed our mind!”

Leigh and Amber have since promised to come down and see the DS Eagles in training on a Wednesday evening once the sessions are back up and running. The DS Eagles are also hoping to see the Palace Women’s team play in the FA Women’s Championship later in the season.

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