Inclusive Football

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Sports Connect works with children in Newcastle upon Tyne and connects them to local sporting activities. With a focus on inclusion we ensure that children with additional needs can play alongside their otherwise non-disabled peers. Sports connect has created opportunities where provision is lacking. Volunteers are required to assist the running of inclusive football groups. The sessions are absolutely not a typical Sunday football league! Instead we will focus on fun, community, and developing together.

Volunteer role

As a volunteer you will be given opportunities to work with children with different abilities and some from disadvantaged backgrounds. You could be supporting a child with Cerebral Palsy to develop their coordination, or mentoring a youngster on the Autistic spectrum, building their confidence in group situations. Your influence and drive to ensure that everyone is included will impact on their mental health. If you do have skills in leading football activities this is a bonus – otherwise we can develop together, have fun and achieve our aims whilst doing so.

Skills gained

  • Mentoring
  • Communication
  • Community cohesion
  • Teamwork
  • Working with children including additional needs

Suitable for

Anyone with a passion of improving opportunities for young children. No need for proficiency in football as we will play games and develop together. (Stephen who leads sports connect can barely kick the ball in a straight line!)

Commitment

We have two football clubs:

Wednesday @ Westgate Soccerworld 4.00pm- 5.00pm.

Saturday @ Kenton sports centre 11.00am – 12.00am

One hour every two weeks to evaluate, plan and support each other in our role.

Register your interest

Email govolunteer.union@newcastle.ac.uk your name and student ID and we will arrange for the volunteer coordinator at Sports Connect to contact you direct with all the information you need.  

Please note your contact details will be passed onto the organisation and they will contact you direct. If you havent heard from them within 1 week let us know and we will chase it up.

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