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Posted by: | Posted on: April 25, 2017

Frame Football

Football is a game enjoyed by millions all around the world every day and now a game that children with all sorts of disabilities can also participate in and enjoy. Children who go to main stream schools who struggle with PE and playground activities with their friends because of disabilities like cerebral palsy, visual impairments, hearing issues or learning disabilities of all kinds. We give those children a football, include, involve and encourage them to do what kids love to do, play, have fun and feel part of something.

When children with disabilities get involved in able bodied football it limits their involvement. Some get excluded, some can’t cope with the strength required to play and some just can’t get involved due to the speed of the game. With Frame Football all the children are participating and included within the same environment. They are treated fairly and equally. The children do not feel like the odd one out as they are playing on a level playing field. It means a great deal to be playing with other children with disabilities rather than struggling to try and keep up as they are the only one among 20 able bodied playing. Everything from the type of football used, the special game frames, the time spent playing and the rules of the game have been specially adapted to enhance the game and make it unique and more importantly making it able to be played by children with all sorts of disabilities and issues.

 

About us

Frame Football was founded on 4th July 2015 from the Coundon Court FC Frame Football team in Coventry who at the time were the only Frame Football team in the country. We have now become an Association and boast of many affiliated teams all across the UK and even overseas.  We are a volunteer group of football coaches, volunteers and parents who have come together to form an Association with the goal of providing football tournaments and games for players who use walker style frames. We now hold National Tournaments three times a year at St George’s Park – national football centre in which the children love to get involved in and compete for trophies and medals to treasure from their day.

The Association has worked closely with Quest88 to pursue a new bespoke Frame Football specific Frame. These “game frames” are available to buy and the Frame Football Association continue to buy and donate frames to players through competitions or through a player unable to participate due to financial circumstances.

Frame Football gives a chance, a chance to change a life. It puts a smile on a face. Children want to play just like their hero’s on TV and we support and give that opportunity. As a non-profit organisation we are constantly relying on fundraisers and donations to continue the growth of this amazing sport. Every single penny raised goes back into helping children by buying equipment and arranging tournaments. If you can help in any way please get in touch.

For more information or to get involved please visit our website, contact us via social media or email us. We will put you in touch with your nearest club and more importantly start your frame football experience.

www.framefootball.com

“The only frame that should stop you from scoring is a goal frame”

Posted by: | Posted on: April 24, 2017

Learn To Back Off

Sue Palmer

It has been a while since we caught up with our patron Sue Palmer the distinguished author on child development in the modern world and literary specialist.

We found that Sue has been very busy north of the boarder in Scotland with her latest book Upstart.
Sue please can you tell us about your new book Upstart and the potential movement behind it?

It came out of the research for an update of Toxic Childhood I was working on in 2014.  The more I learn about child development, the more concerned I’ve become about the steady disappearance of play from young children’s lives.

By ‘play’, I mean ‘active, outdoor, social, self-directed play’, the sort of thing children have engaged in for millennia, and which appears to be important for all sorts of developmental ‘must-haves’ (physical, social, emotional and cognitive).  And by ‘young children’, I mean the under-sevens.  Play is important at all ages, but particularly in these early formative years when children are developing their personalities and habits of behaviour.

Yet it’s now almost impossible for parents to ensure enough opportunities for young children to play out so I’ve come to the conclusion that the state will have to step in.  Upstart argues the case for introducing a kindergarten stage for children between three and seven, based on the Nordic model, with an emphasis on all-round development (‘readiness for life’!), including lots of opportunities for outdoor play.

The evidence I found for changing our approach to early education seems to me so overwhelming that I got together with some like-minded friends and, in May last year, we launched a campaign called Upstart Scotland to try and get this sort of change up here north of the border.

How far are we behind the Nordic countries in terms of schooling and the need for early years play?

Our extremely early school starting age means that, culturally, we’re light years behind northern Europe in general, where there’s been a long tradition of kindergarten education.  Parents in the UK countries have been reared to accept that it’s ‘normal’ for children to start school at four or five (in fact, it’s not at all normal — most countries start at six and many of the most educationally successful nations start at seven).  So we simply don’t value play.

We may’ve got away with this in the past, when children were playing out around the edges of the school day, at weekends and in holidays.  But as outdoor play has declined, we can no longer ignore the findings of developmental psychology and neuroscience.  We MUST do something to reinstate this sort of ‘old-fashioned play’ at the heart of early childhood.

Your book Toxic Childhood, as well as your others has caused tremendous debate around the globe. What plans do you have for other books in the future?

Oh please, no more books!  At least not for a while…  Upstart Scotland is keeping me pretty busy and I want to spend some time actually doing something, rather than scribble-scribble-scribbling.

The NCFA are holding their annual National Children’s Football Week (NCFW) in July with the emphasis on PLAY. Do you think adults interfere too much in children’s play?

YES! We have to learn to back off and let children take more responsibility for their own actions and learning. How are they going to develop self-regulation and social skills if we’re constantly jumping in and organising them?  And if they don’t develop self-regulation and social skills, it has a knock-on effect on long-term resilience and intrinsic motivation.

The NCFW is a free event but we are finding that many children are being priced out of sport clubs as their parents just can’t afford it. What are your views on this?

Why should children need sports clubs in order to play?  They just need time, a safe space and the knowledge that there are adults on hand if they’re needed.  That’s how kids have played through the ages.  One of the aims of Upstart is to alert parents to this (to me fairly obvious fact) in the hope that they’ll find ways of reviving this informal approach to play — jumpers on the ground for goal posts, and all that!

 

Professional football clubs in England are now offering trials for 5 year olds. What your thoughts are on this?

I think it’s absolutely appalling — dreadfully bad for the children.  And, in the long term, totally counter-productive for the football clubs.  Imagine how socially and emotionally stunted the kids will be when they grow up…

Click on the link for more information about UPSTART SCOTLAND