02 Aug 2021

Caddick team up with determined mum to fund specialist training for junior football coaches

Caddick team up with determined mum to fund specialist training for junior football coaches

Caddick Construction is supporting a push to improve inclusive football training for youngsters with ADHD & Autism across Leeds, following a mum’s appeal.

Pontefract-based Caddick Construction was approached by mum Kirsty Dobson who had individually fundraised to secure an ADHD & Autism Football Coach Training with The ADHD Foundation. Caddick agreed to fund match her efforts and two free online training sessions have now been organised and are open to any junior football coaches from across West Yorkshire.

Kirsty’s son has a diagnosis of ADHD and has struggled in the past with coaches who try but don’t really understand the condition or how to support the child’s needs.  Said Kirsty: “Upon questioning and also speaking to other parents who have children diagnosed with ADHD and Autism that play grassroots football, it seems there are hardly any grassroots football coaches in the country with any kind of SEND training. Apparently SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) is covered very briefly when training to be a coach but it doesn’t go far enough to support our children.’’

Kirsty went on a personal mission and spoke with The ADHD Foundation which has now offered to do two online bespoke training sessions aimed at grass roots football coaches. The sessions can accommodate up to 1,000 participants on a Zoom call and are now being offered for free to Leeds-based football coaches.

The first session is Thursday 26th August 2021, 7pm-9pm.
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4828937837795159822. Follow the link to register. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The second session is Saturday 25th September 2021,2pm- 4pm
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2839755276892794382 Follow the link to register and same instructions as above.

Kirsty’s son has recently settled at local football club Wortley Boys. She said her sons new football coach Alex Preston who coaches Wortley boys U9’s is amazing with her son and he has already registered to join the session. When asked about this training football coach Alex said ‘’This is a fantastic opportunity for me and other local football coaches to learn how to correctly support children with special educational needs, as well as fully understanding how to adapt the language we use when coaching. This will also ensure we as coaches provide and promote a positive environment for all children to learn how to play the beautiful game.’’

Debbie Watson, Social Value Manager for Caddick Construction said: “Thanks to Kirsty’s hard work and determination these sessions are completely free and will help coaches to understand and work with youngsters who have ADHD & Autism but who still want to take part in team and community sports. We think it’s an excellent idea and will help to make grass roots football even more accessible to children across Leeds.”

For further questions about the sessions email:neurodiversetraining21@gmail.com.

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