Learners at our sister school in West Sussex have been enjoying football training off-site at a local leisure centre with a professional coach.
Taking part in sports, exercising and developing motor skills can improve social and cognitive skills for young people with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum and most importantly, football and other sports are fun.
Professional coach, Mr Coade, father of one of the Sussex members of staff, works for the Connor Saunders Foundation which, allows him to offer free coaching for disabled children and children on the ASD spectrum in schools across the South East.
Mr Coade holds an FA qualification in disability football. His sessions uaually last approximately an hour and he ensures that they are adaptable for all levels of participation. Football is one of the best team sports for young people with autism and other disabilities as it is fairly simple and doesn’t require a lot of equipment.
Mr Coade is fully aware of the interventions and adaptations that assist learners to enjoy football and is undertaking Continued Professional Development to assist his experience with this and said “Many children with specific needs cannot fully integrate within mainstream football clubs. Our aim is to provide qualified football coaching to all children, whatever their level of football.”
Students make good progress in their learning because they are taught well and they follow a good, creative and innovative curriculum that meets their needs.