Every month, Longfleet Youth coaches run football sessions for people aged 5+ with Down's syndrome. Sessions are in conjunction with DSActive and Longfleet Youth FC. The essence of DSActive is to provide children and young people with Down syndrome more opportunities to play sport in a comfortable and competitive environment.
With most DSActive Football opportunities being delivered by Community Trusts, Longfleet Youth is the first voluntary Community Club across the entire Country to launch regular DSActive football provision.
Rosie Eggleston, Football Development Officer at Dorset FA commented on the success of the project so far:
“Longfleet Youth FC and Dorset FA have run 4 football sessions so far this season. All have been an absolutely fantastic opportunity for young people aged 5+ or adults to have fun and play football”.
Each session is delivered by trained and experienced Longfleet Youth FC Coaches and Football Futures Volunteers who create a friendly and supportive environment for players to get active, play football and meet new people. Through football, the project aims to create a multi-tier learning environment that will improve the participant’s overall physical, social and emotional health. Parents, carers and support workers are welcome to join in the session offering additional support to players where needed.
The monthly sessions take place at Carter Community School.
“So far we have had over 30 young people and adults come to our festivals. Each session focuses on enjoyment and encouraging young people to participate in more physical activity. A big thank you must go to Longfleet Youth FC for all of their hard work in helping to bring these festivals to life”.
Longfleet Youth FC hopes to form a new team within the next year that will be able to compete in regular matches throughout the course of the year.
Dorset FA would like to thank Carter Community School for kindly letting us use their facilities to grow our new project.
If you are interested in joining our DSActive football programme or for further information, please contact Rosie Eggleston (Football Development Officer) by emailing: Rosie.Eggleston@DorsetFA.com, alternatively by phoning 01202 688273.
Inclusive Level One Success!
Congratulations to 10 candidates who achieved their Level One in Coaching Football qualification on Saturday 11th June.
Dorset FA has delivered their first Inclusive Level One in Coaching Football Course at Carter Community School this month. This course
marks the start of a very exciting journey where football coaches with a disability took their first step in their coaching career by achieving the nationally recognised qualification.
The 3 week course was tutored by Martin Dighton (County Coach Developer) with candidates coming from Dorchester Town FC, Parley Panthers, Dexters Sport Youth, Poole Town Wessex, and Headway Utd FC. The candidates learnt how to create a positive and enjoyable learning environment. This involved practical session with vital classroom aspects including health and safety factors, planning and organising sessions as well as emergency aid and safeguarding children elements.
The newly qualified coaches can help support and improve the quality of coaches within Dorset.
Rosie Eggleston, Football Development Officer said: This is the first Inclusive Level One Dorset FA has run and it has been hugely successful. This qualification will not only improve the standard of coaching across Dorset, it has also developed positive role models in our community.
To see each person grow in confidence and self-esteem throughout the course was wonderful and I am really excited to see the legacy of this course spread across our footballing community.
Dorset FA would like to thank all volunteers who donated their time to support the delivery of the course. We would also like to thank Carter Community School for hosting the South of England’s first Inclusive Level One. Carter Community School is fast becoming a hub for inclusive (disability) football in the County, we are
If you would like to find out more about Inclusive Coaching and Football, please do not hesitate to contact Rosie Eggleston, Football Development Officer (Disability and Safeguarding) via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, alternatively by phoning 01202 688273. very grateful for the support Carter Community School provides.