Allianz Park hosted the inaugural Sarries Skills Club earlier this week.
The Sarries Skills Club has been developed specifically for those who have autism and are recognised as low functioning and at the severe end of the autistic spectrum. The Club focuses around the provision of a positive sporting experience for everyone, with emphasis on a structured and consistent routine on a weekly basis.
Each session starts with interactive group parachute games before we progress into circuit based activities. Participants have the support of at least one volunteer as a minimum, often working in groups with a number of volunteers to facilitate participation.
The National Austistic Society, who were present commented; “It really was a pleasure to come along and see the skills club in action. Your vision of a place for children and young adults with severe autism to come and take active part in sport, in a safe environment has worked! With the added bonus of a great respite for parents and carers.”
Saracens players Will Fraser and Jamie George were in attendance for the evening of activities, said they enjoyed the experience.
“Coming down here is pretty special” said George. “Seeing how happy the kids are and how many people from the community come in and help the programme is quite inspiring. It’s such an amazing programme that they are running and it has been a privilege for me and Will to come down and experience it.
Fraser added; “We’re down here to help them out, put the kids through their paces and just give the parents a bit of break – it’s good fun and it’s been a great night”.
You can support the Saracens Sport Foundation and the Sport for All Programme by attending the Saracens vs Zebre game on Saturday 14th December. All proceeds above the standard ticket price go directly to support the charity’s work to provide sport for severely autistic young people.