Disability / ASN Football Programme
As an inclusive organisation, AUFA strive to offer participation in football to all residents of South Ayrshire. As such we have been building a programme that allows people with a disability, ASN or condition that creates a barrier to mainstream football, to get involved in football and benefit from the health, wellbeing and social aspects associated with the beautiful game.
This in-school programme has been running for over 7 years now and allows all children in South Ayrshire with an ASN access to football whilst attending school. Southcraig School, Ayr and Invergarvan School, Girvan receive weekly sessions delivered as part of their school week. The Supported Learning Centre at Queen Margaret Academy, Ayr also gets a weekly session delivered after school including travel home for participants who require it.
Our qualified and experienced coaches tailor sessions to the participants needs and abilities to ensure a fun and challenging experience for all.
In addition to the weekly sessions, there are opportunities throughout the year to take part in regional and national tournaments and events, as well as an annual visit to the hallowed turf of Somerset Park where the young people get to play on the pitch and get a tour of the stadium.
The Honest Kids Club
Through interaction with the young people participating in the EA programme, it was clear that there was an appetite and need for out of school football activity for these young people. AUFA sought funding for this and were delighted when an application to Children in Need was successful. February 2016 saw the launch of the Honest Kids Club and it has been a big success.
Sessions are held every Tuesday, 5pm to 7pm, at the Citadel Leisure Centre, Ayr and are open to any young person who has an ASN Disability, behavioural issues, or any other barrier to mainstream football. Fun, enjoyment, physical fitness and socialising are the underpinning aims of the club.
We are always looking for more players to join in the fun, and also have rewarding opportunities for volunteers in both footballing and non-footballing roles. If you, or someone you know, is interested in getting involved in The Honest Kids Club, please email firstname.lastname@example.org