On the Ball, is a programme of sport and parent support, for families whose children aged 5 to 11 years have social communication needs. The programme is rated as 'Outstanding' by Richmond Adult Community College.
Richmond and other borough parents can apply. The programme runs once a year and applications normally open in February with the programme starting in March running through to July. Funding for this year offers free places for families both in and outside of the London Borough of Richmond. Families can contact Action- attainment for an application form.
Developing peer groups for children and families
Through the programme the aim is to develop groups of children aged 5 to 11 years who have similar needs so that peer groups are established that support families to have fun, enjoy sport and learn together. To achieve this, places on On the Ball are allocated by Action-attainment and Brentford Football Club Community Sport Trust in consultation with a specialist speech and language therapist.
Behavioural strategies for home and school
On the Ball can help parents support their children's behaviour through introducing:
- sensory and communication strategies
- shared strategies for home and school
- starting to build active friendships in the community