Are you interested in having your child involved in a team sport, developing social relationships and getting some exercise? If your child is on the autism spectrum Just for Kicks may be right for you.
The East Islip Soccer Club program is designed specifically for children on the Autism spectrum to promote an interest in soccer. This program will provide the children with the opportunity to learn basic soccer skills while building self esteem and having fun. Many children on the spectrum have sensory issues which may interfere with their ability to participate in a typical soccer setting. In an effort to help the children feel more comfortable on the field, no other games or practices will take place on the adjacent fields, therefore eliminating distractions -- i.e. crowds of cheering people, game whistles, etc….
This is no stress soccer for the children and their parents.
If your child is having a bad day and does not participate…no problem.
All sessions will consist of ½ hour of basic training of simple skills and a ½ hour scrimmage without goalies or scores. Sessions will start in mid September and be held on Fridays at Westbrook Soccer fields (proposed time 5:00 to 6:00). There will be some possible practices on Saturdays after we set our clocks back. The sessions will continue until mid November.
Registration is open to all East Islip residents and the surrounding community. Children of ages 5 to 14) are eligible.
The instructors for this program are young adults from the ages of 12 to 25. Each player will have at least one possibly 2 instructors per session. If you know someone that thinks they have what it takes to be an instructor please contact Louis Pepe at 516-885-1087.