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All-abilities footy clinic promotes fun and inclusion

Published 19th May, 2017
A free all-abilities football clinic run by the Midvale Junior Football Club is giving children the opportunity to learn the basics of the game and make some new friends.
  

The focus of the six week program is fun and participation, with activities tailored to suit the group’s abilities. The clinics include learning how to kick and handball, as well as fun team games like dodge ball.

Coach Alan Nairn said the idea to hold the all-abilities clinic was born out of his personal experience with disability.

“My son has cerebral palsy and he wanted to play football like his big brothers but couldn’t play in a mainstream team,” Alan said.

“I found that a lot of boys and girls are in the same situation as my son. Since there’s no reason why they can’t have fun and enjoy the game like anyone else, I decided to get the disability clinic up and running.”

Kylie Hipper, Mum to 15 year-old participant Corey, said he was enjoying the footy clinics.

“Everyone is smiling, it’s very relaxed and it’s actually held at his favourite park, so that’s his reward afterwards,” Kylie said.

And it seems the program has been a positive experience for the whole Hipper family, with Corey’s older brothers, Blake and Dylan, helping Alan run the clinics.

It’s encouraging to see the volunteer coaches working closely with people with disabilities – it’s a new experience for some of them,” Kylie said.

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Two boys hand-balling a football

Pictured: Corey Hipper (L) warming up with his brother, Volunteer Assistant Coach Blake Hipper.

Movida Estate is supporting the clinic through its community partnership program and will provide every participant with a team shirt to really make them feel like part of the crew.

Peet Managing Director and CEO Brendan Gore said that local sporting groups were an important part of any healthy, active community and Movida Estate was pleased to lend its support to the Midvale Junior Football Club’s All Abilities clinic.

“The Club’s all-abilities clinic is a great initiative,” Brendan said.

“We know groups and programs like these promote inclusion and are often the heart of a community, and our partnership program provides us with a tremendous opportunity to become more actively involved and connect new residents into some terrific volunteer-based organisations.”

The clinics will conclude on 10 June, after which participants will celebrate their efforts with a wind-up. Everyone will receive a showbag, trophy and participation certificate and the whole family can enjoy train rides and a bouncy castle.

There are still four sessions remaining and all are welcome to attend. For more information contact Alan Nairn on 0427 766 881 or email nairn-co@bigpond.com.au.

Midvale Football Club All Abilities Team

Pictured: Coach ​Alan Nairn (top row, first from the left)​ with the All-Abilities crew.

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