Social care - Sutton Eagles Special Needs Football Club

Record details

Name of service
Sutton Eagles Special Needs Football Club
Commissioned by The London Borough of Sutton
Pulse Health and Fitness Centre
Nightingale Rd

Journey Planner

Louise Bowman
020 8669 6797
About the service
Voluntary run Disability Football Team
Overview of the service
We provide football training and tournament opportunities for children and young people aged 5-16yrs with a wide variety of special needs. The club targets players with special needs who would otherwise be unable to access football within a mainstream environment. The club aims to develop social and physical skills through football, and in doing so improves confidence and self-esteem and provides the opportunity to play in tournaments.
Communication and interaction needs
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome) Language impairments and communication needs
Cognition and learning needs
Moderate learning difficulties, developmental delay.
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Sensory needs
Hearing impairments, visual impairments.
Physical needs
Sessions can be modified for those with physical needs such as cerebral palsy.
Specific or complex health needs
Specific health needs eg epilepsy, diabetes but responsibility remains with attendant carer.
Categories of need
Mild Learning Difficulty / Disability, Moderate Learning Difficulties/ Disability (MLD), Moderate Speech and Language difficulty, Severe Speech and Language difficulty, Mobility Disabilities, Communication needs (Speech, Language and Communication), Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Impairment, Spina Bifida, Fragile X, Global Development Delay
Age ranges
5 to 15
Who we provide for
Service availability
Saturdays 12.30-1.30pm age 12-16 1.30-2.30 age 5-11, term time only.
What we do
We are a voluntary organisation run by parents. Sutton Eagles provides football training for children with special needs and gives players an opportunity to improve their social and physical skills, and in doing so improve their confidence and self-esteem. The training sessions are organised by qualified FA coaches, with structures designed to increase physical performance including balance and coordination and build confidence in the players. The club encourages children to participate and have fun playing sport in a safe environment. It also provides the opportunity for players to take part in regular disability tournaments run by the Surrey Football Association.
Is there a waiting list?
Are there any taster sessions?
Do you need a support worker?
Can you take your support worker with you?
Does parent / carer have to stay?
Is parent / carer allowed to stay?
Can siblings attend?
Staff SEND skills
We are affiliated to the Surrey Football Association and are therefore required to adhere to specific policies. We are looking to develop these further in the future. Our volunteer coaches have undergone safeguarding training and have CRB disclosure through the Surrey FA which is updated every 3yrs. They have FA coaching qualifications and attend relevant disability coaching training provided by the FA. A number work in other disability related professions. The club also has a Welfare Officer to ensure that safeguarding policies are implemented and maintained.
Have staff had safeguarding training in last year?
Staff Disability Awareness trained in last year?
Complaints procedure
Are staff trained in specialist interventions?
Are there staff trained in manual handling?
Assessing child safety
The group size is relatively small varying between 6 - 10 per session. Usually a minimum of 2 coaches attend the sessions but often more are in attendance to provide a greater level of support. Parents/carers remain responsible for their children at the sessions.
Referral routes
Self referral. The group operates a pay and play policy. Just turn up to a session.
Deciding who can use the service
Parents/carers are welcome to attend a free session to see if they feel it is suitable for their child. We would always try and adapt to any specific needs and would never refuse a child unless there were safety implications for the child or other players.
Is there a charge for the service?
Pulse Health and Fitness Centre Nightingale Rd Carshalton SM5 2EJ
Accessibility features
Wheelchair Access, Accessible toilets, Accessible changing area, Accessible parking
Communication methods used
Signs and symbols
Respite & Support
Respite & Short Breaks, Support groups and Voluntary Organisations
Education and childcare
Leisure and play
Clubs & activities, Things to do, Sport & fitness
Preparation for adulthood
Staying healthy
Communicating with parents and carers
We always seek to communicate effectively through direct discussion with parents and players at the weekly sessions. Email updates are circulated at regular intervals to provide the latest information regarding session schedules, disabillty tournaments or other opportunities.
Is the service fully accessible?
The building that we use is fully accessible.
Ensuring inclusion
We may ask parents to support their child initially in the activities if required or where possible provide additional support from the coaches. We aim to encourage and engage each child to participate and are aware that it may take a number of sessions before they feel comfortable to do so without additional support.