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Fergie helps disabled kids get a kick out of football

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 14/01/2016

Dedicated: Fergie and Luke Baxter
Dedicated: Fergie and Luke Baxter

When a Co Antrim father failed to find a football club with the expertise to help his young autistic son play, he decided to take the matter into his own hands.

Now Ferguson 'Fergie' Baxter from Newtownabbey runs a football group each week that helps more than 35 children and young people with disabilities enjoy the beautiful game.

The Newtownabbey Kickers are just one of the many community projects which are helped each year by the Sport Relief Community Cash fund of £50,000.

And the Belfast Telegraph is once again helping to distribute the awards, which can mean so much to struggling community groups.

Belfast will host its first Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games from March 18-20.

Money will be raised by participants who walk, run, swim or cycle in a series of events in the city and across the region.

Half of all the money the public raises is spent by Comic Relief in Northern Ireland, with the other half used to make a difference in the world's poorest communities.

The grants from the Sport Relief Community Cash fund, which range from £500 to £1,000, are given to small organisations around the region who work hard to make the tough lives of local people significantly easier.

The fund will be run by the Community Foundation in Northern Ireland, which will be helped by the Belfast Telegraph to ensure that the money reaches those who need it most.

To apply for a grant, visit For details and to take part in any Sport Relief event, register your interest at

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