Enables adults with Learning Disabilities from in and around Croydon to have access to the enjoyment and benefits of the game of football
About the project
The sessions are for people of all levels; those who maybe love watching football and might currently only enjoy kicking a ball around for a short period of time, those who want to learn new football skills, right up to those who want to play competitively with others at a high level. The sessions are led by Disability Trained, Police DBS checked professional coaches from the CPFC Foundation, who help people develop a range of skills, whilst having fun and enjoying their football. We run 4 weekly training sessions at local Leisure Centres and will hold 4 Football Festivals per year. We aim to deliver to 40 unique participants in year 1, rising to 60 in year 3. Our Festivals will have 40 players attending.
The CPFC Foundation is a registered charity, dependent on outside funding and contributions and is run totally independent of the parent football club.
The objectives are to create equality of opportunity for people with learning disabilities to participate in sport in a safe and fun environment. Benefits include improved motor-skills, physical fitness and functional ability, the opportunity to develop self-esteem, confidence and gain family interaction with new friends and the wider community. David who attends the Cherry Orchard Centre said:“I like the dribbling. We all have a ball. We play a game at the end with one ball and goalies. All the people are nice!”