TOPSoccer ("The Outreach Program") is the official United States Youth Soccer (USYS) program offered in affiliation with the Upper Dublin Soccer Club to any child between the ages 5 to 17 with physical and/or mental disabilities. This program is designed to get these young athletes off the sidelines and onto the playing field. The mission of this program is geared toward having FUN, socializing with friends, exercising, and, if our children will cooperate a little, learning about soccer. The program is not going to make professional soccer players out of them. Instead, these kids will work on coordination, flexibility, object recognition and much more in a fun and energetic atmosphere. We hope the kids take away from this program a sense of accomplishment in learning something new or expanding upon their abilities.
The following are some important things that you should know:
- This is not a drop-off/pick-up program. A parent must stay with their child for the entire session.
- We will have a buddy system, hopefully one on one or more with each child.
- We will have coaches and assistant coaches to organize the sessions.
- The child will be placed in groups according to their ability not their age.
- Sessions are on Saturdays from 3-4pm at a field within Upper Dublin.
Our goal is to involve as many children with special needs as possible in this fun and rewarding experience. I hope this is an activity that your whole family will find enjoyable. If you feel that you would like your child/children to participate please let us know.
TOPSoccer has a six week program in the spring and a similar program for eight weeks in the fall. The program pairs each player with a "soccer buddy" who will guide them through drills. Soccer buddies are volunteers from the community grades, who must be in at least 8th grade. No soccer experience is needed to become a buddy, merely a desire to become the friend of a younger child wishing to play soccer. We ask only a commitment of four sessions to allow the buddies to become familiar with the program and the players. Each week the players run through drills for about 30 minutes, then play soccer for another 30 minute period. Soccer players are grouped according to age and ability to provide an environment in which all players will have success in their soccer careers. Soccer players need not reside within Upper Dublin to take advantage of this unique program, but must be mobile enough to play soccer. For more information contact Bruce Buckman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Meg Lockard at MYL27@drexel.edu.
TOPSoccer (“The Outreach Program”) is the official United States Youth Soccer (USYS) program for enriching the lives of children with mental and/or physical disabilities through the game of soccer. Donations are always appreciated.