MORTON are teaming up with a new autism exercise group for the first coaching session of its kind.

Mum Laura Graham, who set up support group Little Trailblazers on the back of her blog about her son Kerr's journey with autism, has now introduced football to her schedule.

Ton community coach James Barbour has pledged to visit once a month for a kickabout with tots from the group and children with additional support needs from Hillend.

The first coach class in Branchton Community Centre was a huge success.

Mum Shona Lang brought along her son three-year-old Harry Aitken, three, along with his dad Graeme.

She said: "Harry is absolutely loving the football.

"I would never have thought to put him into a wee team or session.

"He is going through diagnosis just now and so we started coming to Little Trailblazers.

"It is amazing what Laura has done so far."

"It's a brilliant group and every week there is something different. I really looked forward to it."

Laura says the coaching sessions are a great way to get everyone involved in some energetic activity.

She said: "The football is also something for the dads to get involved with.

"My husband Chris came along to spend time with Kerr.

"I am delighted Morton have got involved with this."

Ton community coach James says it is excited to be involved in such a unique and groundbreaking project.

He said: "Laura came to us with the idea and this is the first time we have done anything like this.

"It is a great idea."

In the first few months since setting up her group Laura has introduced a range of information sessions, including a fitness coach to inspire mums, and has invited Harbour Barbers, who offer autism-friendly cuts, along as well as benefits advisers

The group, aimed at both parents and children, runs every Friday in Branchton Community Centre from 9.30 to 11am with a chance for parents to chat while the kids to take part in activities.