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PUBLISHED: 13:51 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:24 25 August 2010

DOWN S syndrome football was given a lift after scooping a £37,800 prize in the Peoples Millions Lottery. Last Friday it was announced on ITV s London Tonight programme that Charlton Football Club s Upbeats team had secured the cash by gaining the most p

DOWN'S syndrome football was given a lift after scooping a £37,800 prize in the Peoples Millions Lottery.

Last Friday it was announced on ITV's London Tonight programme that Charlton Football Club's Upbeats team had secured the cash by gaining the most public votes.

The team was established six months ago and is made up of young people with Down's syndrome, some of whom travel over 20 miles to attend sessions at The Valley training ground in Eltham.

The cash will help youngsters take on more established Down's sides at Fulham FC and QPR.

Over 60 youngsters are registered to play for the team and there is a weekly coaching session which is always well attended.

Charlton FC's disability and mental health officer, Carl Krauhaus, said: "This is fantastic news. The programme was unsustainable but this money secures it for two years.

"It will allow the project to expand into speech therapy provision, dancing and environmental schemes."

Trust CEO Jason Morgan praised his staff, including Mr Krauhaus and Barry Simmonds, adding: "I would like to thank everyone who voted for our project. I know a lot of Charlton supporters backed the initiative and I would like to thank them and everyone at the football club for their support.

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