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Informative & Interesting Children with Coordination Difficulties Course in SY

Posted on 29/06/11

The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network hosted the coach development course on Wednesday 29th June 2011 at EIS, Sheffield.

The workshop ran from 6.30pm -9.30pm and was delivered by Jo Roberts, Advanced physiotherapist from the Ryegate Children's Centre. It aimed at giving coaches an insight into the motor difficulties of mainstream school children with Coordination Disorders, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD.

The workshop began with some theoretical background behind the above conditions and then went into some practical aspects followed by an open discussion on how to make coaching sessions inclusive to this group of children.

The course proved really successful, and had glowing reports from all participants. Chris Ellis said “Time flew, the course was incredibly interesting, engaging and the tutor had an obvious depth of knowledge and experience”.

Mark Lindley from Wales High School stated “I could have listened all night, the course was really appropriate for my SEN & Autistic students”.

Carol Varns from Hallamshire Harriers said “the session was very useful in providing awareness of the types of behaviour and understanding why these types of behaviour occur, and how I can help and encourage athletes with these difficulties”.

By providing this course, the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network are moving forward to enabling the county is fully inclusive in its athletics provision.