Maitland Junior Football Club

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+61 432 945 237
Fieldsend St, Metford NSW 2323, Australia
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It is aimed at teaching children with fun games while learning to ball control, dribbling and having awareness in the first session and by the end of the six week period they will have learned ball control, dribbling, awareness, listening, kicking the ball, positioning, following instruction and team work.

Deakin University has partnered with the AFL and the NDIA to support the development of the ALLPlay program, creating a culture of inclusion in sport for all children, regardless of physical, psychological, or social disadvantage. With funding and support from NDIA, Deakin University are conducting a community survey of parents, children and sports coaches to achieve this goal.

The information from this survey will be used to inform activities to promote the inclusion of developmentally vulnerable children in organised physical activity, so that they can enjoy the opportunity and benefits available to other children. Deakin University intends to use the findings from this survey and their other research to develop education toolkits that will assist coaches, instructors and sporting organisations to include and better support the participation of all children.

Research is essential as we move towards an era where sports may one day be prescribed to promote better outcomes for children with disabilities. We also hope that the findings will encourage health practitioners, teachers, and other professionals to prescribe sport as a key intervention for children with developmental challenges. This approach would be a real game changer for both the children and their families as well as for Australian sport.

As well as the community survey Deakin University are also undertaking a review of sports organisations and clubs to determine what is available to assist the inclusion of young people with developmental disabilities. This review will serve as the basis of a future directory that will enable users to search by location, type of sport or activity and disability type, with direct access to the relevant website.