Danny Ings: Burnley striker funds foundation to help disabled youngsters in the region

Clarets forward has scored three Premier League goals this season

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Well played, Danny Ings.

The Clarets' striker has launched his own self-funded foundation for disabled youngsters in the Burnley area.

Ings has scored three Premier League goals for the newly-promoted club this season, including his double on Saturday in the 2-1 win at Stoke City.

In conjunction with Burnley FC in the Community, "The Danny Ings Disability Sport Project" aims to deliver football coaching to disabled youngsters and with learning difficulties throughout the region.

"It’s something that’s been a long time coming," revealed Ings.

"I wanted to do it last year, but with all of the games in the Championship, it wasn’t possible.

"So I sat down in the summer with the Burnley FC In The Community lads, who have been fantastic, and we came up with this project and I’m just happy that it’s launched.


"It’s not about the money for me, it’s about seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces, that’s what means the most to me and that’s why I want to give as much back as I can.

"Unfortunately these kids won’t be able to have the career that I’ve got, so supporting them and making them part of the journey in my career means a lot."

Ings revealed that the inspiration for the project came from a meeting a young disabled fan. The picture (below) went viral.

Danny Ings and young fan Joseph Skinner in May 2013

“A couple of years ago, I got my picture taken with a young lad called Joseph Skinner, who I gave my boots to. Before I even got back in the changing room, the picture had gone viral. From that day on, it really inspired me to give my all back, and do as much as I can.

"I’m planning to cover as many disabilities as possible, giving them as much sports and football coaching as I can. Also, I’ll be creating Burnley’s first ever adult disability football team, to compete in the north-west league."

For more information on the Danny Ings Disability Sports Project, please e-mail community@burnleyfc.com