CP Soccer Clinic

Learn new skills, experience the benefits of playing soccer, and join us for RVA’s first-ever CP Soccer Clinic on Sunday, October 11 on the outdoor field at SCOR!

Designed exclusively for youth ages 5-high school with ambulatory cerebral palsy, stroke, or traumatic brain injury, the CP Soccer Clinic will focus on introducing skills, socially-distanced drills, small-sided activities, and most importantly – FUN!

The clinic is open to players of all levels – no previous experience necessary – who will be led by expert coaches, including former U.S. Paralympic National Team player, Nick Creasey, and USSF A Licensed Soccer Director, Joe Farrell.

When: Sunday, October 11, 2020

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: Sports Center of Richmond (SCOR) – 1385 Overbrook Road, Richmond, VA 23220

Who: This program is for kids ages 5-high school with ambulatory Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Hemiplegia, or Traumatic Brain Injury which affects motor coordination, yet still enables them to run and kick a ball without an assistive device. No prior soccer experience required!

Questions? Contact Forrest Lodge, Sportable Program Manager at forrest@sportable.org.

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Team Info

Program Leadership

Joe Farrell

Joe Farrell, a stroke survivor himself, is the Executive Director and co-founder of FutsalRVA and the General Manager of OwnTouch Soccer Central in Richmond, VA.

Joe Farrell is also the United States Futsal Southeast Regional Director heading a new infrastructure in the US that will feature a network of eight Regions, each geographically focused to support growth of the game. His region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Joe has coached in the US for 19 years. For the last 15 years, Joe served as both a Director of Coaching and Technical Director, where he helped develop the structure and delivery of many youth grassroots and elite programs in Richmond. Joe has also worked with the Olympic Development program and was the head coach of the Chesterfield NPSL team who achieved amazing success including winning a bid to the 2016 US Open Cup. Joe has led local Richmond travel teams to victory in the VYSA State Cup Championships and is the first Coach in Richmond to lead a team to a Region 1 Championship. Joe has also taken FutsalRVA teams to the USYF National Championship finals. Joe’s qualifications include USSF A license, NSCAA Advanced National, USSF National Youth License, Director of Coaching Diploma and a Higher National Diploma in Sports coaching.

In 2020, while recovering from his stroke and overwhelmed with support from the community, Joe was guided by US Soccer National Staff members to explore CP Soccer. Joe then reached out to Nick Creasey (former USPNT player) and Forrest Lodge (Program Manager at Sportable) to bring CP Soccer to Richmond VA, for the goal of providing soccer coaching, training and game opportunities for children with Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or Stroke.

 

Nick Creasey

Nick Creasey is a Richmond-area resident and former member of the U.S. Paralympic National Team (USPNT) for Para 7-A-Side Soccer. As a preschooler, he lost use of much of the right side of his body as a result of the effects of surgery to remove a brain tumor. Nick did not let his disability prevent him from being active in sports, as he played soccer alongside his able-bodied peers throughout his childhood with the Pocoshock Panthers, FC Richmond Metro, Chesterfield United, and ultimately for his high school team at Monacan HS. Nick attended Longwood University for his undergraduate studies, where he trained with then Division 1 Assistant Coach Steve Brdarski, who’s now the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at St. Bonaventure University. After making Team USA, Nick made his USPNT debut in 2009 at an international friendly competition in Zeist, Netherlands. He was able to travel and compete with the USPNT in many different countries including the Netherlands, Spain, England, and Ireland.

Since his retirement from the USPNT, Nick has gotten involved with the officiating side of soccer at many different levels including Youth, High School, Collegiate, Adult, and Professional soccer. In his most recent years, Nick has turned his focus to teaching physical education and coaching soccer. He is currently a teacher at Matoaca Middle School in Chesterfield County. Nick is excited to provide a grassroots sport that any ambulatory kid with CP, TBI, or Stroke can adopt the great soccer culture, compete at various levels, and develop love for the game!

 

Forrest Lodge

Forrest is a Program Manager for Sportable, a non-profit organization based in Richmond, VA that provides a variety of different adaptive sports and recreational opportunities for people with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Forrest is excited to offer this new, unique opportunity at Sportable for this particular population of athletes with Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Sportable brings strong relationships with local and regional medical providers that will be crucial in the athlete identification and recruitment process for our program. Although Forrest does not have a background as a competitive soccer player/coach, he occasionally plays in co-ed indoor soccer leagues and is a huge Manchester United fan and FIFA player.

FAQ's

Q:

Does my child qualify for the CP Soccer Clinic?

A:

The CP Soccer Clinic is for kids ages 5-high school with ambulatory Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Hemiplegia, or Traumatic Brain Injury which affects motor coordination, yet still enables them to run and kick a ball without an assistive device. No prior soccer experience required!

Q:

My child has never played soccer before - is that an issue?

A:

No! Players of all levels are welcome to attend. No previous soccer experience is necessary!

Q:

What should I wear?

A:

Players should wear comfortable, athletic clothes that are weather-appropriate and tennis shoes. Turf shoes or soccer cleats are not necessary!

Q:

What should I bring?

A:

Players should wear a face mask, and bring a water bottle and hand sanitizer.

Q:

What COVID-19 protocols are in place?

A:

Sportable has a Five-Point Safety Plan in place that all players must follow - https://www.sportable.org/return-to-programming-details/

Contact

Forrest Lodge, Sportable Program Manager

forrest@sportable.org

804-340-2991