The Parksiders will wear odd socks in Sunday’s fixture against Rochdale Hornets, in support of World Down Syndrome Day.

Thursday 21 March marked World Down Syndrome Day, and the internationally-recognised way of showing support is by wearing odd socks, with the idea that this starts conversations by people asking why, and the reply is of course, to recognise World Down Syndrome Day.

After being granted permission by the RFL, Hunslet will support this cause by wearing odd socks on Sunday. As well as this, the Club have invited supporters Tony Dawson and Kyle Butterfield, who both have down syndrome to lead out the Hunslet team onto the playing field before the game.

Around the world, people with down syndrome struggle to have their voices heard. It is difficult to gain good quality education and health care, they are denied the opportunity to earn their own money and they are not allowed to make their own decisions.

With 1 in 1,000 children born with down syndrome, it’s important that we all come together to support those with down syndrome and help create more accessible opportunities for those with disabilities.

Club Chairman Kenny Sykes said: “We are proud to be supporting such a worthy cause, and giving two of our supporters the opportunity to lead the team out onto the pitch on Sunday.”

Hunslet Supporter Kyle Butterfield shows off his odd socks
May be an image of 2 people, people playing hockey and text that says "PH HUNSLET"
Tony Dawson gives a thumbs up sat along side Club Director Phil Hodgson