Physiotherapea Kathy talks about all-abilities soccer

Mandy chats with Kathy Adams, a physiotherapea with 35 years of experience working with children and families. Kathy is passionate about providing encouragement, support and tools to help parents have fun with their children, help them grow, thrive and chase their goals and dreams together. 

Kathy’s long and successful career started at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, where many years later, she provided physiotherapy to Mandy’s twin daughters Milly and Molly following their dual leg surgeries. Kathy now works in the community providing physiotherapy to children and also mentors and supports newer physiotherapists to develop their skills. 

With soccer all the rage in Australia at the moment with the current FIFA Women’s World Cup underway on our shores, this was the ideal time to hear about Kathy’s new all-abilities soccer program that she’s started up in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs.  Kathy was the Vice President of the Maroondah United Football Club, and was well aware that finding appropriate and engaging sports for kids with disabilities and special needs can be very tough for Pea families. 

Inspired by one of the club’s coaches, whose soccer-loving daughter sadly passed away, Kathy finally started the all-abilities team so that he could coach and participate in her honour, while also providing new opportunities for local peashoots keen to participate and belong in a sports team. 

It’s been a great success! The all-abilities team has approximately 21 children taking part each fortnight, having fun, smashing through smilestones and finding friendships and new connections in a place that’s inclusive and welcoming.  

Based in Croydon, check out the Maroondah United Football Club’s Facebook page and get in touch if you’d like your child to be involved, volunteer or donate!  You can also get in touch with Football Australia to search for information about all-abilities clubs around Australia. 

Go Matildas and go Maroondah United Football Club All-Abilities team! 


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