Kickability online program boosts football participation

Kickability online program boosts football participationFriday 29 July 2022 – 12:30 – by Mark Readings

The Kickability Online training program has been a resounding success since its introduction during the COVID lockdowns two years ago.

In 2020, the WA All Abilities Football Association designed and implemented 30 sessions over a 15-week period, which were captured using an iPhone by on-screen coaches Ben Pieters and Kai Marchetto.

Eighteen months later, the Kickability Online program was created to provide access via an online platform, allowing 7-17 year olds with and without disabilities to participate in two weekly online football training sessions from their homes. or in a school environment. .

Hayden Marchetto, chief executive of the WA All Abilities Football Association, is delighted with the response from the community.

“It has been extremely positive and we have received great support from the team and players at the AFL WA Talent Academy, WAFC and Seda Group.

All sessions were filmed on location at the WA Talent Academy Gym, with production by The Periscope Crew.

We are currently building a database to ensure that we are securing a large data source for the Telethon Kids Institute and UWA Research to perform key evaluation metrics,” Marchetto said.

The aim of the program is to introduce participants from anywhere in WA to the benefits of regular football skills-based training with a view to developing them into club and school participants and fans of Aussie rules.

Particular attention is given to children with disabilities who may have never been exposed to football, with the vision of making them lifelong participants.

Kickability Online trains online, offering 30 sessions of 30 minutes of physical activity with each exercise lasting 60 seconds.

Participants need:

  • Internet access

  • Space in your living room, bedroom or classroom

  • A football or any ball

  • Drink bottle to stay hydrated

  • A chair so we can also do some seated exercises.

Kickability Online can be done anytime, any day and anywhere with all videos saved on the website when you login.

Marchetto highlights the many benefits of the program.

“It aims to improve the independence, well-being, self-esteem and life skills of people with disabilities through participation in football.

We also believe the project will help us engage users across the state through online training sessions, demonstrating the desire of people with disabilities to participate in formal programs.

We believe that if we can carry out this program, we will have a sustainable model that can provide great support to athletes with disabilities, their families and other sports organizations,” he said.

See the webpage for more information:

Karen O. Fielding