Saints star Maya Yoshida was on hand to launch the newly revamped Para Football League with the help of some of Saints Foundation’s SaintsAbility participants.
After the Saints Foundation ambassador generously pledged 1% of his playing salary throughout the 2019/20 season, Yoshida has now put his name to the league that gives footballers with a range of disabilities the opportunity to play competitive football in an inclusive environment.
Now, with the support of the Japanese international, the league can fully focus on engaging more players from across the region.
To celebrate the new partnership, Yoshida joined SaintsAbility participants at Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill for one of the open access sessions run by Saints Foundation.
He took part in a hybrid game of football-cricket, scoring lots of points and taking some excellent catches, whilst sharing some high-fives with the participants.
Not only that, but Maya gave his time to sign autographs and get to know how the sessions benefit participants through Michael Pearce.
Michael, who also met Maya earlier in the year at Staplewood, spoke about the impact Saints Foundation has had on him through the past 20 years.
The pair spoke for 15 minutes with Maya asking about Michael’s experience with the charity as he left the session knowing more about the work of SaintsAbility.
With future visits planned for the Southampton defender in 2020, it is an exciting time to be involved in the revamped Para Football League.
If you know someone who could benefit from the project please get in touch with Mike Pink via email on [email protected].