For football-crazy Max Pool, FA SuperKicks is a new favourite for home practice

Monday 24 Jun 2019
Max Pool has been making full use of Superkicks in his busy football schedule

For Daren Pool, discovering the SuperKicks has given his son Max even more opportunity to get active and play football.

Max, 8, who has cerebral palsy and already plays football for a local team and at a Surrey FA talent hub, is one of a growing number of youngsters across the country who are making use of the free skills programme.

And Daren says it’s given Max another outlet in which to learn and improve his skills while having fun with the programme itself.

"It means you can go out in the garden, and he can knock it around himself and get involved with the challenges," he said.

Max plays for a pan disability club called Croygas in Wallington, Surrey

"It’s great for that and it’s been a big help as I’ve got it on my phone and it’s on Max’s iPad."

SuperKicks provides an interactive way for children aged from five to eight to play football and learn new skills away from a club setting, as well as providing parents with a chance to get involved and improve their own coaching knowledge.

We want to make coaching and playing football something that’s available to everybody, whether you’re a player or a parent who might not even be involved with a club or played football before, and SuperKicks helps to do this.

For Max, the bug is already there and SuperKicks is just helping him add to his repertoire!

"Football is his life," explained Daren.

SuperKicks is free to use for young players and parents

"His dream would be to work in football. He can tell you about any team or player in Europe, he just doesn’t stop!

"He plays for Croygas Sports Club, which is based in Wallington and a mixed pan disability team, as well as the Surrey FA’s talent hub at Hampton school.

"He does an hour and a half every two weeks there and trains every Saturday with Croygas and then there’s a tournament organised by the Surrey FA so there’s lots of football!

"But he’s gained so much confidence since playing in the last few years with the disability team, because they all get to shine to a point. They’re all at different levels, but the coaching and what they do together brings it out more.

"For him, it’s not necessarily about him scoring a goal, it’s about the team and being involved. He’d rather set someone else up for a goal than score it, he has a different mindset."

By Nicholas Veevers