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14.12.2011 12:12 Age: 2 yrs
Category: Front Page, Mens, Junior, Game Development

SA Paralympic members complete Junior Coaching Licence

Chris Oakley, Max Shearer, Geoff Hargreaves, Tim Moore, James von Stanke

Four members of Football Federation SA’s Inclusive Football Program completed their FFA Junior Licence coaching course at the weekend.

South Australia Paralympic squad members James von Stanke, Tim Moore, Chris Oakley and Max Shearer took part in the 14-hour course which is designed to help coach eight to 11-year-olds.

The course focuses on areas such as first touch, running with the ball, passing and striking, movement and decision making.

The coach at this level is encouraged to conduct meaningful training sessions that will help develop the players’ decision making processes so they can start to solve problems on the field without having to rely entirely on the coach.

On this course, the coaches are provided with helpful hints on using the questioning/challenging technique to assist their young players in decision making, as well as some basic information regarding positional play so their players have an opportunity to play in different positions as they develop an understanding of the game’s requirements.

The Inclusive Football program, run by FFSA with the support of the  Australian Paralympic Committee, provides opportunities to people from aged three years and over with a physical disability such as Cerebral Palsy, an Acquired Brain injury, a congenital deformity, or an amputation.

The Inclusive Football Program allows participants to receive regular training and competition opportunities in a safe, structured, and appropriate environment.

The Program also provides opportunities for nationally “identified” Paralympic Football players as well as those who aspire to play for their State and Country an environment to further develop their skills.

Course instructor and FFSA Game Development Officer Geoff Hargreaves acknowledged the importance of the course and other opportunities which makes the football community more inclusive.

“This is a great opportunity for coaches and players with special needs to still be involved in the game,” he said.

“It helps develop football across all areas of the community. Having the boys on the course highlighted that football is for everyone and we hope to get more Paralympic squad members on board for future courses.”

“The boys are fantastic role models and great ambassadors for footballers with special needs.”

SA Paralympic Squad member Tim Moore found the course to be rewarding and hopes more sign up for future opportunities.

“I found the junior licence enjoyable, doing the junior Licence gave me a better understanding of why we do particular exercises at training,” he said.

“I think the skills I developed at the course will not only help my coaching but also improve me as a player. I’m confident more boys will get involved and take up this opportunity.”

For more information on the Inclusive Football Program or coaching course contact 8340 3088 or email

  FFSA Enews