Glenrothes Strollers Superstars
A story by Glenrothes Strollers FC
We deliver football themed sessions to young people with additional support needs. These vary from coaching sessions/matches/tournaments to football related social activities.
Varying in time and frequency these offer parents and carers different respite options. Building on the success of the Strollers Superstars, we are working across the Scottish FA East Region to create new opportunities.
What Glenrothes Strollers Superstars did
Glenrothes - We managed to increase the number of young people accessing our services. Delivering more sessions and increasing the number of social trips we have managed to increase the hours delivered and respite opportunities to parents and carers.
Some of the highlights included attending 3 Raith Rovers FC home games, played in 6 tournaments/festivals over the year. Joined and played in the inaugural Scottish FA PAN Disability league - 2 teams. Delivered a 2 week summer camp integrating with mainstream children and young people. Attended the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony Party in Glasgow Green, 3 new coaches introduced. 6 ad hoc volunteers helped out as required. Other services offered - college placements/ employability programe delivered. One weekend trip taking in Premiership football match in Manchester.
Regionally - Delivered football taster sessions across Perth Fife and Tayside. 2 new teams up and running - East Fife and Letham Lions in Perth. Regular PAN disability sessions started in Methil and Perth. Both teams took part in recent SDS National 5 a side tournament in Glasgow. Regular sessions delivered in Perth , Blairgowrie and Crieff with Perth Autism Support, for their users. Disability football coffee morning held in Perth at St Johnstone FC. Disability Fun Day also held in Perth - with over 70 participants attending. Parents and carers were also free to attend and spend time with us discussing their needs and wishes for potential services.
Delivered a disability awareness workshop to 30 volunteer coaches, who volunteer across the Scottish FA East Region with a variety of different Quality Mark clubs. Partnerships formed with Perth Autism Support/ National Autism Support (Dundee) Active Schools Perth. Fife Disability Sport. Talks ongoing with Quality Mark clubs in Fife, Dundee, Blairgowrie and Crieff. 3 new coaches and 5 new volunteers engaging with us on a regular basis in our new sessions.
What Glenrothes Strollers FC has learned
This year has taught us many things.
We have certainly learnt the value of partnership, and reap the benefits of working together to create new sessions, engage with families and deliver services. We can deliver bigger better and more regularly by working with others. Capitalizing on knowledge and established relationships we can have an impact in a shorter period of engagement.
We learnt quite early on that families and participants value a structure. Knowing where and when activities will take place allow planning and management withing the home. The more detail we can pass on to families prior to an event, the more prepared the young people are, and the home life leading up to an event is smoother.
Social media has played a huge part in our participants socialising among themselves electronically. They also love to see pictures videos and articles about themselves and events. There is a network and social buzz about us that goes on between the sessions we actually deliver.