One of the Academy’s latest programmes kicked off recently, allowing young people with varying disabilities and additional support needs the opportunity to participate in organised football.
The football club, funded by Children in Need for three years, gives the young people the opportunity to socialise, get fit and hone their football skills. This in turn will help them to grow as people and build relationships with their peers, coaches and volunteers.
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“The club will create an opportunity for all young people who have a disability, to come along and get involved in organised football, or just have some fun with their friends in a safe, fun and enjoyable environment.” said Programme manager Stuart Watson.
“Fun, enjoyment, physical fitness and socialising are the underpinning aims of the club, but a pathway will be open to the players who want to take it a bit more seriously. It is hoped to have at least 1 team competing in regional and national leagues and tournaments.”
38 young people with varying disabilities and additional support needs have already participated in the first 3 weeks of the programme. The coaching staff consist of Ayr United Football Club first team players Alan Forrest and Michael Wardrope who are ably assisted by a great team of volunteers.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“We’re still looking for a name for the team,” continued Stuart Watson, “So we’ve asked the young people to come up with name suggestions. After all, it is their club so it’s only right that they have a say in what it will be called.”[/quote]
The programme takes place every Tuesday evening at the Citadel, Ayr between 5-7pm and players under the age of 18 are welcome to come along and take part.
Contact Stuart.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on joining.