This program is for players aged 4-25 with physical and/or mental disabilities. It is geared toward player development rather than competition. Soccer4All is open to any child with a developmental delay or disability including but not limited to: A.D.D., Autism, Hearing Impaired, Sight Impaired, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Down’s syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorder and Spinal Bifida. Players do not need to be Hudson residents.
There are two Soccer4All sessions each year. The spring session runs from early May through mid June. The fall session runs late August through October. Games are played Saturday mornings 11am-12pm at Barlow Farm Park in Hudson.
In the Spring of 2008, HUSC began Soccer4All, a program for children with special needs, aged 4-25. The program is geared toward player development rather than competition. Players do not need to be Hudson residents.
There are two Soccer4All sessions each year. Both sessions run every Saturday from 11:00am to 12:00 noon.
All sessions take place at Barlow Farm Park in Hudson.
The Soccer4All program has three primary goals: 1) Get active; 2) Make friends; and 3) Have fun! It also gives parents an opportunity to enjoy watching their children as well as develop friendships themselves.
Players are grouped according to ability and to a lesser extent, their age. There is a coach for each group. The size of the group depends on the number of children that sign up for each session. The first half hour is practice and second half hour is a game.
Soccer4All utilizes many young volunteers called Soccer Buddies. Buddies are fifth grade and above students who assist the Soccer4All players and coaches. In many cases, players are paired up one-on-one with a buddy to offer individualized direction.
Since our inception in 2008, we have had the generous support of our sponsor, The Rick and Michelle Schultz Foundation. By covering the costs of jerseys and balls, the Schultz Foundation keeps our costs low. This helps parents financially, which has a direct impact for the many times a child with special needs has an “off” day and can’t participate that day.
Many, many thanks to their Foundation for the support they have offered to the Soccer4All Program!