Kicking Goals Program

We are pleased to announce the launch of Wellbeing Code, in conjunction with Care Squared’s pilot Kicking Goals Program. Kicking Goals is led by former QLD Maroons star, and CEO of Wellbeing Code, David Shillington. The program has been designed to connect NDIS participants with sporting clubs across Australia, creating fun, inspiring and extraordinary ways to facilitate – and meet – participant’s NDIS goals. Carers and support workers are empowered to connect with, and learn alongside, their family members and/or participant during program attendance.

The program will be rolled out across Australian capital cities. To date, the program has been launched in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Canberra, with more cities to be announced soon.

David Shillington, said “The program has been an immediate success in providing an opportunity for participants to come down and meet the NRL players, get some photos and have some conversations, learn about good mental health and building social connections and have a lot of fun along the way.”

“The smiles on their faces and the feedback given has been priceless. We can’t wait to continue providing this opportunity to more participants across Australia and alongside a variety of different sports.”

Program Aims
• NDIS goal-directed
• Improvement in social skills
• Improvement in functional independence
• Mental health support
• Individual and small group coaching/mentoring

As part of the Kicking Goals program, the team of Accelerator coaches facilitate innovative community participation group programs for individuals with a disability. The team develop and deliver community-based activities suited to the needs and capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Each program takes a sports-focused approach to socialisation, building confidence and functional skills exercises.

Program Makeup
• Meet the sporting team
• Observe the players during a training session of the featured sporting team
• Have a go - footy drills promote communication, social skills and functional movement
• Take part in 25 Plays positive psychology activities, focused on physical and mental health
• Enjoy a social meal (BYO snack/lunch) - a great opportunity for functional skill building or additional social skills training

The Kicking Goals program promotes active participation in a social, community setting. Participation will help promote independence and support the social and economic participation of individuals with a disability. The day is all about participants making new friends and experiencing something new.

For more information on this program, or to express your interest in this nationwide rollout, click here.