The Charlton Upbeats: Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

Today, Sunday 21 March, marks the annual World Down Syndrome Day. Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) is very proud to deliver the Charlton Upbeats programme for young people and adults with Down’s syndrome.

Into its 13th year, the Upbeats programme specialises in providing a safe and progressive environment for participants of all ages to reach their full potential.

As well as providing weekly football sessions, the Upbeats regularly engage in other activities, including days out and overnight residential trips. Over 100 young people are registered with the Upbeats programme.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, CACT staff have been providing weekly virtual sessions for the Upbeats to ensure the group can still socialise with one another and take part in fun activities.

From baking, dancing to fitness sessions, the virtual activities keep the Upbeats active and engaged.

Terry Peart, CACT’s Disability & Mental Health Coordinator, said:

“It’s really important that we run these sessions with the Upbeats, it’s been a tough year so anything we can do to be as consistent with our delivery as possible is vital.

“Hopefully it won’t be long until we can have face-to-face sessions and we are all back on the pitch again! World Down Syndrome Day is a lovely way to recognise the amazing Upbeats, and we’re looking forward to having our annual Upbeats Walk take place next month.”

On Saturday 24 April, Charlton Athletic’s fixture against Peterborough United will be dedicated to the Upbeats programme. The annual Upbeats Walk will take place on the day, where supporters will walk a mile to raise funds for the programme.

Last year, the virtual walk raised over £27,000 for the Upbeats project, which is run entirely on voluntary donations.

Keep an eye out for details on this year’s Upbeats Walk!

For more information about the Upbeats programme, contact

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