The Next Step program evolved from the innovative Soccajoeys soccer skills program that caters to children aged 2.5 to 11 years. As a response to ongoing success, and increased demand from families, the idea to expand the Next Step program to cater to the disability sector emerged. Creating the Next Step Foundation in 2011 our first engagement outside our mainstream operation was with the disability sector where it has continued to thrive. The mainstream Soccajoeys program’s structure, curriculum and organisation created an optimum environment for children with additional needs, to develop a range of valuable skills. The Next Step program that evolved is now a highly supportive developmental program for children with special needs.
The Foundation formalised its governance structure during 2013 registering the Soccajoeys Next Step Foundation as a non-profit foundation with charitable tax status to enable us to raise the funds to operate the program free of cost to families. In 2019 responding to the success of our Next Step inclusive program Soccajoeys Next Step Foundation has rebranded as the Next Step Foundation. The Soccajeys Group remains one of the Foundations principle sponsors and we continue to support All children to live their best lives through sport. Over 7 years the Foundation has gained traction and recognition, securing grants and awards and forming strong partnerships with health and social care service providers and universities including;