We started the AFA Hammers in the summer of 2016, when a few of the children could see our mens charity team taking off. With this in mind, the first session happeened - and with a great turnout, so we carried it on. The children that attend are at various places on the autism spectrum, but have in turn are producing fantastic ability with their footballing skills. In October 2016, we entered them in to their first ever Football Festival Event in Nottingham. The event saw them lose to first match 2-0, the second match was lost 1-0 with virtually the last kick of the game - and then the final match saw the team pick up their first win at 2-0. The jubilation in their faces and the coaches faces was priceless. Dan Truscott the Head Coach and his assistant Jay Aldred, have done an incredible job in giving all the children that belief, that they too can play football. The planning that goes into each session has certainly breathed a new lease of live for the children that take part and their families. Many a great friendship has been forged within the team and the children all look forward to their weekend football fix now.
We now run two sessions on a weekend, with the "Beginners/Younger" group between 10.00-10.30 and the Full session running between 10.30-11.30. All in all, we now now have about 28 children that attend the two sessions, which is huge credit to Dan & Jay.