When Doncaster resident Darren Warner was looking for a football club to take his son Jordan training, his options were limited.
Jordan has autism, and his participation in mainstream squads and training sessions had left Darren and his wife searching for a more inclusive environment for their son.
The Warner’s did find opportunities for Jordan with two local pan- disability organisations, but for Darren, neither fitted his own requirements and what he personally felt was a lack of focus on enjoyment for the participants.
In 2014, Warner vowed to start his own inclusive football organisation to serve Doncaster and surrounds, and now stands proudly as Club Doncaster Titans Founder and Chairman, running multiple weekly sessions which currently facilitate 72 adults and 45 junior members covering physical disabilities, learning disabilities, Down syndrome and girls only football.
A football club built on the back of a commitment to aid the development of the disabled and people struggling with mental health, the Titans have so far made a huge impact on disabled sport in Doncaster.
The impact that Darren and Club Doncaster Titans have made was recognised in December when he was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero award for Yorkshire.