New Autism Football Project

Thu 25th April 2019

Autistic children and teenagers are being invited to enjoy FREE football via the Rangers Charity Foundation.

From Wednesday 8th May, youngsters aged 5 – 16 can come along to the Pro Soccer Newton Mearns at Rouken Glen Park for enjoyable football sessions with the Foundation’s specially trained coaches.

The weekly sessions will begin at 6pm for 5 to 10 year-olds and 7pm for 11 to 16 year-olds.

There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK – that's more than 1 in 100, according to the NHS Information Centre for Health andSocial Care. Autism is a complex neurobiological, developmental disorder that is primarily characterised by struggling to communicate and relating to others socially. Playing football, however, can provide positive benefits to a youth with autism by offering an inclusive social experience.

Senior Community Executive, Jordan Boyd, said: “We’re really looking forward launching our official Autism Football sessions, after running a very popular trial project earlier this season.

“The sessions are aimed at youngsters on the autistic spectrum, who might not otherwise be able to take part in mainstream football.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to make new friends and develop their football skills with our coaches. But places are limited and we expect them to get booked up quickly – so get in touch!”

For more information, or to register a child, email rangerscharity@rangers.co.uk or call 0141 580 8775.

The Rangers Charity Foundation would like to thank Better Breaks for their funding support.