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- HappyFeet ASD -

At HappyFeet we are big believers in making our programs inclusive to everyone. That is why we are incredibly proud to offer programming specially designed for children on the autism spectrum. Since 2021, our coaching staff have been hard at work creating and developing a program designed to develop cognitive and motor skills through individualized, small group and team games.

 

Our unique approach will provide the ideal environment for your little soccer stars to explore body movement, express themselves creatively, learn to work well in small groups, and develop their emotional and social skills.

Centred around our soccer ball, Bob the Bobcat, we deliver a specialized program that caters to your child's imagination. With a curriculum built around songs, stories and adventures, these classes will leverage creative play and the important developmental skills it provides to make soccer the best time of the week!

Our coach to player ratio will be 1:4. We kindly ask that should your soccer star require 1:1 support that a parent or BI participates alongside them. When booking, please let us know as much as possible about your little one so that we can tailor the sessions to ensure that we give your player the best chance to succeed with our program.

Fall League
 

September 17th - December 3rd

1.00pm to 2.00pm

or

2.00pm to 3.00pm

St James Community Square

 

Ages 4 to 8

  • New Players - Sundays @ St James Community Square


    Started Sep 17

    340 Canadian dollars

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  • Returning Players - Sundays @ St James Community Square


    Started Sep 17

    340 Canadian dollars

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Meet The Coach

Aaron Houlihan

Originally from Ireland, where he obtained his BSc in Adapted Physical Activity, Aaron has been working with neuro-diverse children, across multiple professional settings, for over a decade. He is extremely passionate about providing programming that is inclusive to all.

 

Having heard many industry leaders state, "it is hard for non-neurotypical children to get involved in sport", he asked himself "why?" He quickly discovered that there needed to be more opportunities for children with ASD to participate in programs which meets their learning needs.

 

Having worked in various residential and sports team settings, Aaron moved to Vancouver in 2019 and worked for the VSB as a Student Support Worker for children with differing abilities. He has been working with HappyFeet since 2020 and has been a key driver in a creating a program that serves all of the families in our community.

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"All the coaches at Happy Feet are beyond incredible. They are fun, energetic, patient, and kind. The coaches are well-suited to the age group and provide age-appropriate learning strategies. Our child loves going to soccer and looks forward to it all week! I could go on all day about how great they are."

Maren, Parent

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