Launched in 2008, the Charlton Upbeats is a free programme open to children, young people and adults with Down’s syndrome which is a firm favourite with Charlton Athletic supporters. Over 170 young people are registered with the Upbeats with 40 regular attendees at sessions every week. The Upbeats are nine times Down’s Syndrome Active national champions and also play in the Kent Adult Disability League.
The programme specialises in providing a progressive and safe environment for players of all ages to reach their full potential. It provides a clear pathway from young players who are learning the basic skills in the game up to senior competitive football. Click here to read about the impact of the Upbeats programme.
The Upbeats project is entirely run on voluntary donations, and CACT is thankful for all the support shown towards the programme, with more than £27,000 raised from this year's Upbeats Walk.
Adapted Upbeats session
Every Saturday from Saturday 20 June: 12pm-3pm
Please see below the full plan CACT has put together to resuming Upbeats sessions while ensuring it continues to follow government guidelines:
• CACT pitch to be divided up into 4 areas
• 2 Upbeats will be allocated a 1 hour slot in each of the 4 areas of the pitch
• They must remain in their allocated area throughout the session and always remain 2 metres apart
• Each pairing will be provided with cones, 2 footballs and a goal to use.
• The equipment provided will be colour-coded to correspond with an area
• 10 minute gaps will be scheduled in between each session for site clearing and equipment cleaning
• CACT coaches will not be delivering any structured sessions
• CACT coaches will manage all aspects of safety while Upbeats are on site
• Competitive football will not be allowed
• Upbeats will be encouraged to focus their training around fitness, passing and shooting
• No spectators will be allowed to stay unless there is a prior arrangement with staff for them to be present
• CACT toilets will not be made available during the 1 hour slot apart from in the case of an emergency
• Parents will be asked to arrive 5 minutes before their session starts
• Unfortunately, if late, they will not be able to overrun to the next session
• Upbeats will need to leave the site immediately after the session
• Arrival and departure lanes will be put in place by CACT staff
• Parents would need to drop off then leave the site (no one allowed to stay in car park whilst sessions are running)