Broadbeach United began an Ability Soccer Program in March of 2015. The program has only grown from strength to strength and continues to be a cornerstone and life changing experience for many involved.
The program was designed by the organisers with the motivation to continue and build on a similar program that was made at a different club, giving players with a disability a team they deserve.
The program initially began with ten players and has grown to a total of seventeen currently.
Most of the players who are currently in the program have been involved since the beginning.
The program has seen players advance to play mainstream football with another progressing to be a volunteer from the experience.
The program has players ranged from ages four to twenty-two, with last season the range going out to thirty.
Rab Wright, Volunteer Head Coach of the program, credits the success to a number of factors.
“There is no doubt that the players, their families, our sponsors and a strong pool of volunteers have been instrumental for developing the program. We have had tremendous support from Mickey Doyle (Club President) who has given us the freedom needed in running the program the way that we want which has been essential for the success.”
The program has no intention of slowing down, with the goal to continue building the main forefront and vision moving forward.
“We want to continue to help players improve their physical, cognitive and social skills. As our pool of volunteers increase, we can promote the program further and welcome new players,” said Wright.
For more information regarding the program, follow their Facebook page @abilitysoccer.