One of the EFL Trust’s key messages of promoting ‘A Football Experience for Everyone’ using the power of the club badge has been portrayed brilliantly through Plymouth Argyle’s ‘Short Breaks’ project.
‘Short Breaks’ is an initiative delivered in partnership between Argyle Community Trust and Plymouth City Council to introduce football to young people with autism, or awaiting diagnosis for autism.
The focus is all about fun and providing a stable environment for the youngsters to enjoy football, while also giving parents and carers some respite.
The positive impact of Short Breaks can be seen in this fantastic feedback they have received from one very proud mum.
“Short breaks has been life changing for our son, it has allowed him to join in, grow in confidence and be part of a team, which is something he has been unable to ever do before.
“As a parent, it is so rewarding to see my child take part in activities that I knew he would love, but was too anxious to do in a mainstream setting. The environment of short breaks allows him to be who he is with no-one judging him.”
One young participant on the project added: “I never played football until I was 10 as I was too scared. [Coach] Josh [Grant] always looks after me, especially at the beginning when I didn’t feel confident to join in. Now I train with the team on a Tuesday and I even scored a hat-trick.
“I couldn’t have played football without short breaks running special sessions, so I can play with friends like me.”
To find out more about Short Breaks and all the provisions available with Argyle Community Trust, please contact Health and Disability Officer Josh Grant on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561.