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Standard de Liège players were greeted with a hearty and warm applause when they entered the training ground at the Robert Louis-Dreyfus Academy last week. On the initiative of the Sclessin club and the Association for a Quality Life (AViq), 1,030 people with disabilities and their companions had taken their place in the small stand of the synthetic pitch. This is the eighth time that Standard has organised this open day exclusively dedicated to its disabled supporters. "After the open training, the moment of sharing is the signing session and photos," said Doriane Routiaux, standard community manager. "Then they go down to the stadium for a lunch, a tour of the facilities (the T4, locker rooms, the players' hall, the dug-out, the frescoes of the T3) and a passage through the fan shop." This initiative is gaining ever greater success and, for the first time, the milestone of 1,000 participants has been reached. "For many years, we have been offering matches for Standard, Sporting de Charleroi and Excel Mouscron," said Jean-Louis Maniquet of the AViq. "But with a limit of 30 places per game, there are inevitably frustrations, which is why, with Standard, we have put this day in focus." A day whose participants dream for weeks before and speak for weeks afterwards. "They know the songs, they have calicoes, jerseys, scarves ... They are called 'Extraordinary supporters'. The players like to point out that for them too, this visit is a highlight of the season. Source: Belga & RTC Liege



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