"We Believe Sports Should Be Accessible To All. We Didn't doubt We Would Get There"

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Coach Paul (left) and son Jamie (right).  Ian of Bristol Sports (Centre).

A Dream A Year In The Making

Football coach Paul Griffin is one of those individuals whose energy, motivation and sense of fun through sport is almost contagious.  He is committed to making sports accessible to all and Paul's many years of coaching at Longwell Green Sports JFC have shown him that there are some gaps in opportunities for children with SEND and disability needs when it comes to football.  "There are few options in football so we wanted to create an inclusive provision to provide something for our community which maybe children didn't have access to before". Many of us can identify with the lack of availability and search for suitable groups and opportunities for our children. 

“There are few options in football so we wanted to create an inclusive provision to provide something for our community which maybe children didn’t have access to before”

Just over a year ago, Paul and his son Jamie dreamed up a plan to address this inequality and lack of opportunity that often face our children in our community and set about applying for the funding to cover the costs of the facilities and equipment.  With dedication and commitment, funding eventually became available through Bristol Sport and Gloucesterhire FA for an astro turf pitch and Ian from Bristol Sport who has experience in working with children with disabilities to support Paul with the sessions.  Jamie and Amy Stilltoe, also give their time freely as volunteers alongside Paul to coach the fun and relaxed appropriate sessions where the children, girls and boys welcome, learn different skills and play games, not just football and gain body and personal confidence whilst developing their social and co-operation skills

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Paul Griffin is an FA qualified licensed coach and has picked up many awards for his voluntary work coaching to-date has volunteered 15,000 hours and counting!  His son Jamie is 16 years old and is a FA qualified and licensed coach also.   Amy Stilltoe is 18 and a volunteer working towards becoming a FA qualified coach and helps out at several football groups.

If you have a child that is interested in taking part in football sessions get in touch with Paul to find out more via email: goaliegriff@tiscali.co.uk  Everyone is welcome and all needs accommodated.

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