Swindon Town Football In The Community Trust STFITCT

Swindon Town Football in the Community Trust (STFITCT) 

STFITCT deliver a wide ranging portfolio of programs designed to broaden our association with Swindon Town FC and the people of our local and surrounding communities. In addition we use our role within the Community to deliver the objectives and themes of the Football League Trust which are Social Inclusion, Environment, Health, Sports Participation & Education. We are a non for profit self financed organisation associated with Swindon Town FC but not funded by them.

STFITCT are very proud to be in partnership with Swindon Cares,whose philosophy is “Making a difference together.” This networking and funding opportunity has given us the chance to enlighten people of the variation of the projects and programmes in which we engage within our Football in the Community Trust. STFITCT value and appreciate the importance of positive partnerships. We work in partnership to deliver services that are needed by the community.

Our disability programme continues to be a large arm of our Social Inclusion projects. STFITCT offers football and sporting opportunities to children and adults with physical and learning disabilities.

D.S Active: The weekly sessions are aimed at children with Downs Syndrome aged between 5 to 15 years of age. The Trust currently delivers two weekly sessions. One in Swindon and one in Chippenham. The children participating are encouraged to work on their eye and hand coordination, whilst focusing and concentrating on their balance and listening skills. The children also attend the occasional friendly festival where they engage and play with other children who have Downs Syndrome from clubs such as Hereford United Northampton Town and Cardiff City.

Pan Disability Sessions: These weekly sessions are aimed at children with a wide range of disabilities such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy through to children with ADHD. The children take part within the sessions giving them the opportunity to engage within a structured football coaching experience.

Adult Learning Disability: The weekly sessions are aimed at adults who attend local day centres who cater for people with learning disabilities. During the summer the sessions take place at Upham Road Training Centre.During the winter the sessions take place at the Croft Sports Hall in Swindon Old Town. For the more advanced players opportunities are given by the Swindon Leopards Football club who compete in the Dorset and Wiltshire Ability Counts League. The Swindon Leopards hope to travel to Sweden in July 2013 to compete in the Gothia Cup Disability section.

Festival: For the past 10 years the Trust have coached in every Special Needs School within the County culminating in a festival for nearly 150 youngsters from all over Wiltshire. The programme of coaching commences in September, with the festival scheduled for late October and early November. The Trust works with children with down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, through to youngsters with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Pan Disability Multi Sports Development Courses: In August 2011 STFITCT delivered its first ever Pan Disability Development Course. The course supported and funded by Aiming High offer 30 places for children within Swindon with Special Needs. The children participate within a number of activities ranging from football and netball through to tag rugby and cricket. The Trust is planning future courses to run during the school holiday and half term breaks.

STFITCT delivers many other projects within and outside the realms of social inclusion.

For additional information please call (01793 42103) or (01793 617718). Alternatively email: admin@stfc-fitc.co.uk or visit our website at www.stfitc.co.uk.