This program is specifically for children and adults with special needs, with the objective of creating a fun environment for young children to learn basic soccer skills.
The program is coordinated by Paul Phelan assisted by Will Soulsby. Paul and Will both have children with special needs, have a passion for soccer and want to provide opportunities for others to participate. The program follows the same format each week.
The first 10-15 minutes for warming up. Players and their parents’ jog around the oval doing a few stretches and fun activities with and without footballs.
For the next 20-30 minutes the players are split into small groups and perform 2-3 different training games/activities covering a range of different football skills. Parents run these groups but have a coach on hand to help. In the first few weeks the activities are repetitive so the kids can become familiar with the activities and build their skill level. Activities cover skills such as:
– General ball skills
The final 20-30 minutes is for a football match. Each player is allowed to have one chaperone on the field to encourage them. Parents can hold their children’s hands and direct them around the pitch if required. However, our aim is for all children to be playing independently, so we encourage parents to let go of their children’s hands as the season progresses. It is a learning experience for all of us. The main thing is that players enjoy themselves and look forward to coming to football each Sunday.
Registration should now be done online at WPFC Website: http://www.wpfc.asn.au
West Pymble football club is trailing this special needs program for children with intellectual disability. Because of a higher incidence of physical problems associated with these children it is a requirement that participants provide a medical certificate prior to commencing participation.
The medical certificate can be downloaded from WPFC Website: http://www.wpsc.asn.au and needs to be signed by the child’s doctor.
After registration all Special Needs players purchase WPFC shorts and socks. Players will be issued with a West Pymble shirt for the season. Players can play in either soccer boots or joggers. Please note that all payers must wear shin pads at all times and will not be permitted to play without them.
“During the season we will run a few informal social events, so the children and parents can get to know each other. From our own children’s experience it is often hard for special needs children to meet and make new friends, so this will be a key priority for the program “said Mr. Phelan
“We would like as many people as possible to volunteer to help run the special needs program” said Mr. Soulsby. Several soccer coaching courses are also offered to volunteers. If you like to volunteer please contact Paul Phelan