Exeter City FC & Eagle One help launch local special school’s campaign

Fans at St James Park will notice a perimeter advertisement with a difference this weekend, as local special educational needs school Ellen Tinkham uses one of the pitch-side spaces at the Exeter City FC ground to launch its Focus on Disability campaign, which aims to showcase positive images of young people living with disability.

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The Ofsted Outstanding rated school, which supports children with additional needs between the ages of 3 and 19, has launched the campaign to help demystify all kinds of disability and show the positive contribution disabled people make to their communities.

The campaign comes after official figures revealed that in 2017/18, there were around 7,226 hate crimes against disabled people. In addition, a recent government inquiry found that disabled people require additional protections from online cyber bullying.

As part of the campaign launch, Ellen Tinkham pupil, Owen Fuller posed proudly in his Exeter FC kit for a photo that showed just how seriously he takes football.  The 11-year old has the life-limiting muscle wasting illness Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and this Saturday (1st March) will be attending his first ever match against Tranmere Rovers and meeting players from his favourite team.

Discussing the project, Jacqui Warne, Executive Head at Ellen Tinkham School, which has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, said:”Though great strides have been made in terms of disability awareness and rights, there is still a great deal to be done.

“Our pupils are proud members of this community who like the same sorts of things as you and have a right to be treated like you too. Our children and young people are great; we want to celebrate them and we want the wider community in Exeter to celebrate them too. This billboard, and the other ones we have in the pipeline, are a great way to do this.”

Exeter based employment, retail and leisure space experts Eagle One provided the adverting space.

Managing Director of Eagle One, Paul Goodes, added: “Supporting young people with disabilities is a cause very close to our hearts, so we were delighted to be able to play a small part in facilitating it by donating this advertising space. We loved working with Owen to create the photography for the poster and we hope he enjoys his first match at St James Park this Saturday.” 

Owen pictured with Ellen Tinkham Deputy Head Simon Winward and Exeter City FC player Ryan Bowman

Owen pictured with Ellen Tinkham Deputy Head Simon Winward and Exeter City FC player Ryan Bowman

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