Kent FA hosted a successful Disability Football CPD Workshop on Monday evening, which focused on Managing Challenging Behaviour.
The 2-hour CPD workshop, explored ways in which coaches and volunteers could support their players with a learning disability or impairment, such as Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.
The workshop looked at both the signs to be aware of and how to engage with and get the best from players with a learning disability, as quite often coaches and volunteers can be unaware that they have players within their teams and clubs with such learning disabilities.
The workshop was attended by a mix of coaches in the mainstream and disability game and offered coaches and volunteers the opportunity to network with one another too. The session was lead by experienced disability football coach and tutor Jeff Davis, a former England national team disability football manager, with over 25 years’ experience in disability football, who also works with both UEFA and FIFA in continuing to develop and grow Para football.
Toby Elgar, Kent FA Football Development Officer said “How to coach those with a learning disability is a question we are seeing more and more frequently. Jeff delivered an incredibly engaging, interactive session that was well received by all learners on the night, which has hopefully provided those coaches and volunteers with increased knowledge and confidence when working with their players. A huge thank you to both Jeff and those in attendance for their sharing of experiences and contributions to the CPD session. We know there was a lot of interest in this topic and we will be looking to run another CPD workshop later in the season.”