THOSE with learning disabilities in Widnes are set to take over the pitch at Anfield Stadium as part of an integrated sports programme.

Dacia Magic Weekend, which is taking place on May 25 and 26, will see teams from the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League represent their clubs and play on the pitch alongside their Super League heroes.

Clubs involved in the Learning Disability Super League have been undertaking specialist training in the past few weeks, with the Widnes Vikings team attending an autism experience simulator and an innovative training session developed to give people an experience of the difficulties faced by people who live with autism.

The programme aims to promote the development of skills and confidence for people with learning disabilities and create positive experiences for those involved.

The charity has a strong presence in the north west and will be bringing more than 500 of the people they support and their colleagues to the special event taking place over the May bank holiday weekend.

Mark Adams, CEO of Community Integrated Care, said: "This pioneering programme will change the lives of so many people, delivering amazing opportunities for all of the players and memories that will last a life time.

"The initiative will allow the players to stay active, make friends and represent the clubs that they love.

"As the official social care partner of the sport, we are looking forward to watching social care being brought onto the big stage, all whilst making a powerful statement about the inclusiveness of rugby league – a huge thank you to the Super League, the RFL and all participating clubs for their passion and support of this programme."