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Wisbech twins enjoy a Posh day out at the Abax Stadium in Peterborough




Wisbech twins Lewis and Sophie Clarke had a real day to remember when they were both match mascots at Peterborough United.

Sophie and Lewis Clarke had a grand day out at the Posh. (7090801)
Sophie and Lewis Clarke had a grand day out at the Posh. (7090801)

Mum Mandy Seaton explained the twins, who attend Thomas Clarkson Academy, used to struggle to find sporting activities for them to enjoy as they are both have cerebral palsy and Sophie is in a wheelchair.

However, they have been taking part in a fitness boxing class in Norwich and PAN disability football sessions at the Posh run by the Peterborough United Foundation.

Sophie and Lewis Clarke had a grand day out at the Posh. (7090807)
Sophie and Lewis Clarke had a grand day out at the Posh. (7090807)

They have been taking part in the football sessions for the past three years and Mandy said they love it, especially Lewis who enjoys football but was unable to join any of the local sides as he needs to play at his own pace.

Mandy said: "He loves running around and having a go at football, like everybody else, but at his pace, and hates it when he can't get the ball or he's invisible, so Lewis gets the chance to meet other children, similar to him. The coaches at the PAN disability football sessions are fantastic at making it fun and everyone with all abilities join in.

"Unknown to us, their coaches Gavin Slater and Michael Gibbons nominated Lewis and Sophie to be mascots for the day, at Peterborough United, Abax stadium, as a reward for their dedication to the football sessions.

Sophie and Lewis had a coaching session while the players warmed up for the match. (7090812)
Sophie and Lewis had a coaching session while the players warmed up for the match. (7090812)

"The first we knew of this was through an email from Freekicks Foundation, a Peterborough charity whose aim is to provide football related activities for ill, bereaved and disadvantaged children, to give them a day to remember with their favourite football club.

Sophie with Posh player Lee Tomlin. (7090804)
Sophie with Posh player Lee Tomlin. (7090804)

"It definitely was a day to remember! Great memories, an excellent day and more than we all expected. Their coach and tour guide for the day, Simon was brilliant, made them feel very special and included them in everything. All the players were lovely too.

"The package included four match tickets for Lewis and Sophie, me and their dad Barry Clarke, Peterborough United kit, a tour behind the scenes of the stadium, a coaching session on the pitch while Peterborough and Charlton Athletic players are warming up, souvenir programmes and professional photos, meet the players in the dressing room for photos and autographs and to walk out on the pitch with the team prior to kick off.

"There was just over 9,000 tickets sold, so loads of people watching the game. Both Lewis and Sophie were smiling all day. They reckon they didn't notice the very large audience or the cold weather!"



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