For over 10 years Next Step Foundation has been building inclusive pathways for children of all abilities through our FREE soccer programs. Supporting over 400 children to maximise their engagement in sport, we have changed the lives of children and their families. Our unique football program has been offered through our standalone community programs and through collaborations in primary schools.
The time is now right we believe to evolve our program to embrace the evidence that inclusion in the mainstream learning environment offers superior social and skills opportunities for children. We will partner with Soccajoeys Kids Soccer Classes to support the full participation of children within the mainstream football skills development setting.
The benefits of regular physical activity are many and equally important for children of all abilities including:
• Improved cognitive benefits
• Better emotional and psychological health
• Improved social and motor skills
• Improved self-esteem
Families report that children attending the free Next Step Foundation programs see improvements in coordination, balance, motor skills and body awareness, behaviour, self-confidence and building friendships.