High Flyers

Soaring above the rest
special kids doing special things.

The West Islip Soccer Club is pleased to provide a program for children with Special Needs. Many children with physical or mental disabilities will now have the opportunity to participate in soccer in a program that will enable them to play and progress at their own level. The program is designed for any children in the West Islip or neighboring communities with Special Needs.
The goals of the program are for the children to:
  • Have fun playing soccer
  • Understand the fundamentals of the game
  • Learn teamwork and fair play
We play each week for approximately 1 hour. Each session consists of two parts. The first half hour is spent conducting drills and mini games to teach the various soccer skills such as kicking, passing and shooting, as well as promoting teamwork by working with other children. The second half hour is a game/scrimmage. We split the children up each week based on age and ability and play a non-competitive game. There is no score kept and every team wins.

There will be a Fall and Spring season that will follow the intramural season. We also plan to participate in a tournament each season with clubs from other towns on Long Island with similar programs. This also is a non-competitive tournament that will enable the children to experience playing against other teams.
Please contact Ron or Gayle Maginniss if you have any questions at (631)587-1873 or at HighFlyers@optonline.net
Volunteers: The success of the program has been the participation of volunteers to help throughout the session. If you are in High School or know someone who is that would be willing to come down and help out these very special kids, please give us a call. Our Soccer Buddies help the children in a variety of ways, from assisting with the drills to helping individual players with a particular skill. For those seeking community service opportunities, a letter of accreditation will be provided.