Upper Dublin TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by UDSC volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girls, age five & older, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the Upper Dublin Soccer Club family. Upper Dublin TOPSoccer is a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania TOPSoccer family.
For more information on EPYSA TOPSoccer activities see http://www.epysa.org/programs_camps/topsoccerspecialneeds/
Upper Dublin TOPSoccer is always looking for students 8th grade and older to be buddies in our spring and fall seasons. The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity to play recreational soccer to everyone who would like to try. Our players have a variety of challenges that make it difficult or impossible for them to participate successfully in an intramural program. These challenges include physical challenges, as well as impairments of attention or the ability to engage in social activity. Because of these individual challenges, the children need “soccer buddies” to stay with them during the games. The purpose of a soccer buddy is to provide each child individual attention. The soccer buddy keeps the ball at the child’s feet so s/he can have as many touches on the ball as possible, and can participate maximally. Because of the responsibility involved we require our soccer buddies to be currently in at least 8th grade. This is a firm requirement.
The program meets once per week for one hour on Saturday afternoons in Cardinal Stadium behind Upper Dublin HS. There are typically 6-8 Saturdays in each of our seasons. In order to participate you must be able to attend at least three of these sessions. No soccer experience is needed to be a buddy, only an ability to participate in light physical activity and be a friend to a special needs child. If you are interested in supporting this program of inclusiveness, please contact Bruce Buckman at firstname.lastname@example.org