Earlier this month, Washington Youth Soccer and Alaska Youth Soccer hosted the US Youth Soccer Region IV TOPSoccer Symposium at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPSoccer) is a program for players 4 years of age and older who have developmental and/or physical disabilities. The program is based on skill level, not age, and participants include players, coaches and buddies – volunteers who are paired with each player to assist with the game.
For the Symposium, new program administrators and longtime administrators came together from all around Region IV to expand their knowledge and share ideas on how to further build the program. Attendees participated in field sessions with TOPSoccer players and buddies, implementing coaching techniques learned throughout the weekend. The Symposium also featured classroom sessions and guest speakers, including communicating with the player (augmentative and alternative communication) and sensory integration & age appropriate skill development.
“TOPSoccer is such a feel-good program. Being around like-minded people talking about how to get more kids access to soccer makes for a truly inspirational weekend,” says Rachel Wilton, Community & Outreach Programs Manager. “We are lucky to have been able to host; I enjoyed networking and the knowledge that came with.”
If you would like to learn about how you can get involved in the TOPSoccer program as a player, coach, buddy, or volunteer, visit the TOPSoccer homepage or contact Rachel Wilton at RachelW@WashingtonYouthSoccer.org.