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Westlake YSA - TOPSoccer Program - Spring 2014

 

The Westlake Soccer TOPSoccer program has been founded to provide recreational soccer opportunities for school-aged children with special needs who would ordinarily be excluded from competitive play. Westlake Soccer believes in making soccer available to any player who is interested in the game, and no child with special needs will be turned away.  We want to give families the option of having all of their children play for the same club, and encourage inclusion on the field.

 

This is not a competitive program.  Everyone plays, and everyone wins.

 

TOPSoccer is unique in that it allows special needs children to learn about sports alongside their non-disabled, middle and high-school peer buddies.Team sports provide opportunities for building social skills, self esteem, and peer relationships, and these experiences should be available to all children. The players are not the only ones who win.Each player is assigned a “buddy”, and the "buddies"learn along with the players, leaving parents and loved ones free to cheer from the sideline. Everyone involved will see and practice enthusiasm, determination, tolerance, joy, and unconditional encouragement on the field at every game.

 

We are striving to make the strongest program possible, and are busy recruiting special education teachers, occupational therapists and other volunteers to help us coach our teams.  In addition, coaches and volunteers over the age of 18 will have full background checks completed as part of the registration process.

 

The spring season will run Sunday March 23rd - Sunday April 27th, and all games/practices will be held on Sundays from 2:00-3:00pm @ Cedar Creek Elementary School.  Registration for players, Buddies, and coaches will begin on Feb 4th and run through March 30th. Financial aid is available upon request, please contact Sean.

 

For more information, please contact TOPS Director Sean Murphy at (512) 844-3975, or click here to e-mail Sean.

 

Registration for TOP Soccer spring 2014 is now open, please click here to register

 

To register as a TOPSoccer Volunteer (Buddy/Specialist/General Volunteer) please click here