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Frame Football Hoping to get off to a Flyer

Local youth football club, TW Braga, are delivering the first Frame Football Section in Northern Ireland. Saturday 23 January will see the first meeting of the Belfast based club. This will take place at Loughside Recreation Centre from 1-2pm.

Frame Football Kicks Off 23 January

Frame Football Kicks Off 23 January

Frame Football was first launched in England in 2013 and provides the opportunity for children who are unable to walk unaided but do not require a wheelchair to play football. Many of these children use a walker style frame for mobility. These children cannot play in mainstream football because of the safety regulations. Frame Football brings them together to play an adapted game that suits their needs.

The IFA believe in creating opportunities for those with a disability to play the beautiful game. Let Them Play is the strapline of the new Youth Strategy and this Frame Football Programme will enable those children to play the game.

DJ and Let Them Play supporter, Colin Murray, recently raised over £5,000 for the establishment and development of Frame Football in Northern Ireland through the ‘101 Mankini’s’ walk on Boxing Day.

This money will be spent initially on starting a pilot Frame Football club in Belfast in partnership with TW Braga. In particular, it will go towards facilities, coaching fees, promotion within the disability sector and training kit for players.

Irish FA Development Manager for Disability Football, Alan Crooks, is very positive about this new initiative in Northern Ireland. He commented, “Frame Football is a great example of the how ‘Let Them Play’ is having a positive impact on the kids in Northern Ireland. We hope that with the awareness raised and support from Colin Murray that Frame Football will take off in our wee country.”

TW Braga Academy Director, Tim Wareing, added, ‘We are so grateful to Colin Murray for his fantastic achievement of raising valuable funds & to everyone who donated. This will insure Frame Football kicks off strong in Northern Ireland. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get everyone involved in the game. I would like to thank Richard Seedhouse of Frame Football for letting us get involved with his exciting project that kicked off in Coventry. I’ve enjoyed visiting & seeing Frame Football in operation at St. George’s Park & appreciate the training & support the IFA have given TW Braga. We all can’t wait to get kicked off on 23 January!’

It is anticipated that an additional two clubs in Armagh and Coleraine will be in operation by end 2016. Once these clubs are both up and running it will enable organisers to hold matches, competitions and festival days involving the three clubs.

For further information on Frame Football visit: https://www.facebook.com/FrameFootball or contact TW Braga Academy Director Tim Wareing on 07740120788.

RVH Department Closure? Ollie’s Story…

One of  ToddlerSoccer.Org‘s newest recruits is Ollie Boyd Millar aged 2 and a half years.  Like any other child of that age, Ollie loves to race his friends to the ball, tackle & score goals.  However, Ollie’s start in life was not like that of the majority of children who attend our Soccer School.  He was born with a congenital heart defect named Transposition of the Great Arteries, his aorta & pulmonary arteries grew reversed.  Ollie had surgery a matter of hours after he was born & at ten days old, underwent open heart surgery.

 

Young Ollie at Toddler Soccer last week

Nearly three years on & Ollie is a walking testament to the skills & dedication of the surgical team at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.  It is hardly surprising that the parents of children with heart defects in Northern Ireland are outraged following the publication of the Safe & Sustainable Review into pediatric congenital heart services in Northern Ireland which stated these very services that Ollie benefited from are SAFE, but not sustainable.  In essence, this report signals the closure of the Belfast service.  Removing this surgery from Belfast will mean that very ill babies, children & their families will be forced to travel hundreds of miles for specialist treatment as well as surgery.  This is why the local service must be retained…and we need your help to ensure this happens.

Coach Tim and ToddlerSoccer.Org supports ‘The Children’s Heartbeat Trust’ in their campaign to keep this service.  The Charities Executive Director, Sarah Quinlan says, “We are calling on Minister Edwin Poots to ensure the continued provision of heart surgery for babies & children at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast.  This is the time for local Ministers to take local decisions & resist a ‘one size fits all’ UK approach.  Our overriding position is that it is imperative that children’s heart surgery continues to be delivered at the hospital in Belfast.  There are options available which can safeguard the provision of heart surgery for children & babies in Northern Ireland, such as an all-Ireland network which retains a service in Belfast.” 

Bottom line, we need to ensure that the Health Minister, Mr Edwin Poots realises how important this service is to the children of Northern Ireland.  There is a link below which will take you direct to ‘The Children’s Heartbeat Trust’ website, here you can sign their e-petition & print a template letter which can be sent to your local politicians. Please, please take two minutes out of your day to ensure that the children of this country are not discriminated against because of where they are born.
 
Thanks in advance,
 
Coach Tim
 
 
P.S. If you want to see the journey that Ollie & his parents took after his birth click here to watch their video.  With 3 kids of my own I was moved watching this – you will too.  Please sign the petition & get as many of your family & friends to do the same.  Share my blog post on Facebook & Twitter to raise awareness. 
 
P.P.S. It could be your child, grand child, niece, nephew, friend that requires urgent surgery…don’t ignore, click here now!

Football coach joins Telegraph team to help boost apprenticeship drive

At TWSports.Org we always look to support young coaches & offer opportunities of on the job experience.  We also have internal training along with club visits across Europe.  Below you can read our feature in the Belfast Telegraph.

Feature in the Belfast Telegraph

On-the-job training…an open goal if you want to get ahead

There’s nothing better than getting on-the-job training & real life experience.

That’s the view of Tim Wareing of TW Sports, whose business has become the latest to back the Belfast Telegraph’s campaign to create 100 apprenticeships in 100 days.

The ethos of learning & training on the job is one which applies to the sports field as well as more every day workplaces.

Indeed Mr Wareing (33) started his career training to be a travel agent, which he combined with NVQ II & III classes at then Castlereagh College.

But his business, which has become his life’s work, is training football coaches & providing soccer programmes for young kids, including toddlers.

He is also the author of Toddler Soccer, The Essential Guide To A Toddlers First Steps In Soccer.

Mr Wareing, who has been recognised by Invest NI for his entrepreneurial achievements said he had been impressed by the commitment to sport & learning shown by the young people who have been trained by him.

That led him to be a firm believer in apprenticeships.

“I’d definitely back the Belfast Telegraph’s campaign to create 100 apprenticeships in 100 days, because I’m a big advocate of learning on the job.  To take someone & give them experience on the job as well as getting them the teaching is wonderful.

“When you combine the passion people have for football with learning, it’s a great combination.”

Mr Wareing coached at Lisburn Distillery between the ages of 24 & 30 & also became the club’s academy director.  He achieved his UEFA European A coaching licence at 24, but his career began differently.

“My background when I left school was in travel, but when I was made redundant at the age of 26 I set up TW Sports.”

Yet working at Globetrotter Travel hasn’t been wasted in his present business environment.

“It was this position in an independent agency that offered me the experience of how to operate a business – dealing with the public, making reservations, customer care, marketing & all the other jobs that operating a small to medium-sized business.”

Now he is happy to ensure other people can get equally valuable training working alongside with him.

TheSoccerStore.co.uk

We have linked up with The Soccer Store to review soccer equipment.  They are one of the leaders of providing top soccer equipment at affordable prices with a quality service to match.  My first batch of equipment arrived within 2 days – speedy delivery too!

The Kickster Football Goal

Set up in less than 2 minutes, light, portable but can withstand a rocket from Rooney! Kickster Goals are a unique innovation in training goals. They are portable & quick & easy to set up without the need for instructions

Kickster Goals are a unique innovation in training goals.  They are portable & quick & easy to set up without the need for instructions.  The poles on a Kickster goal are joined by elastic reducing set up time to just 2 minutes.  The Kickster goals are about half the weight of a normal portable goal & pack away in to a compact carry bag with shoulder strap.

In fact my 12 year old son was able to carry the goals with ease.  I was even able to put them up easy enough on my first attempt which was lucky as I was filmed doing so!  You can watch my video review here.

As a coach I have seen many goals & use many alternatives.  What I like about the Kickster goal is how light & easy to transport they are.  More importantly how quick they are to assemble at the same time of not losing the fun of hitting the back of the net.  They stand up to some pressure.  I drop kicked a few volleys & they managed to take the pressure (no jokes here about my shooting please!)

They come available in a number of sizes.  6 x 4 (perfect for a garden or young players), 8 x 5 & then 12 x 6 which is perfect for any age or small sided game.  The other option I liked was the combo unit whereby the goal came with a rebounder.

The rebounder is a great addition to any coaches collection of equipment to the child that wants to practice at home.  By adding an attachment to the bottom of the goal & swapping the netting you have the rebounder complete.  My son enjoyed using the rebounder to practice his keepie ups, touch & then playing a one-two with it before finishing with a volley into another goal!  I also demonstrated the use the rebounder has for goalkeepers.

This makes the ideal goals to use at the end of a training session or to take down to the park or beach.  Especially at this time of year when many goal posts come down these goals add more fun & professionalism to your session rather than jumpers for goal posts!

The goals are designed and manufactured by Quick Play Sport and tested to British Standards BS-EN71

To watch me put together the goal & the rebounder along with seeing my son use the goals from shooting to a game click here.

How to order…

To order your Kickster goal & coaching equipment simply contact The Soccer Store via website, email or phone call;

Web – www.thesoccerstore.co.uk

Email – uksales@thesoccerstore.co.uk

Phone – 01270 257892

We will be reviewing more coaching equipment from The Soccer Store over the coming months.  If you would like any item reviewed let us know!

All Of Us v Cancer

On Sunday 27 May I was happy to offer our services free of charge to provide football for all children attending Cancer Research event, ‘Race for Life’ at Stormont Estate, Belfast.  While the mums completed the 5k course children enjoyed small sided games & coaching with us!

Race for Life

Here is some footage that we record from the event, click here.

Over 5,000 woman ran, jogged or walked this years Race for Life event.  TWSports.Org was happy to support Cancer Research & provide free football for all children at the event.

Every two minutes someone in the UK is told they have cancer…join the biggest fight against cancer & support Race for Life…

We had great fun providing football for all the children!

ALL OF US V CANCER

Every pound raised in sponsorship supports the fight against cancer & helps more people survive.

Make a donation; raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/support-race-for-life/make-a-donation

We offer our services free of charge to as many charity groups as possible. If you would like to request our services please send an email to; info@twsports.org with ‘Charity’ in the subject box.

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