Aussie Soccability a winner!

Several clubs and organised groups across Sydney have made sure all kids are given the opportunity to experience football.

Several clubs and organised groups across Sydney have made sure all kids are given the opportunity to experience football by offering a football program catering for children with special needs. Successful programs were conducted this season by West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook, Gymea Bay, West Pymble, St Ives and the Cumberland Area Recreation Association.

A fantastic Gala Day was recently hosted by West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook where children, their dedicated parents and other volunteers celebrated another great season by coming together with children from other clubs in Sydney to play games and other fun activities as well as enjoying a BBQ and the chance to have their face painted. Each player was also presented with a medal or trophy in recognition of their achievements.

The children have a range of disabilities including coordination problems, serious muscular problems, autistic spectrum disorder and Down syndrome. Whilst of all of these clubs are doing great things for their kids, one club in particular, West Pymble, have recently formalised their program into what is known as Aussie Soccability. The program involves modified activities that allow children to participate in football at a level that is appropriate for them.

FFA recently met with representatives from West Pymble and are currently looking at ways of introducing a special needs component to their introductory program, Telstra Football Anytime. This will form part of a strategic approach FFA will be taking in the future to assist clubs in providing opportunities for all children to participate.

If your club has a similar special needs program, would like to share how your club adopts inclusive practices or you would like more information about the programs mentioned above, FFA would love to hear from you. Please contact communityfootball@footballaustralia.com.au.