As part of an inclusive sporting initiative Brisbane Broncos players Darius Boyd and Ali Brigginshaw are helping NDIS participants move from the sidelines to the field to kick their goals.
Designed for individuals with a disability, the Kicking Goals program was developed by former Queensland Maroons star David Shillington and Dr Emma Ruddock, in conjunction with the University of Queensland. The program takes a sports-focused approach to socialisation, building confidence and functional skills exercises.
Delivered over six sessions by current and former Broncos players and clinicians, the Broncos have teamed up with the Wellbeing Code to help connect participants with sporting legends and create a fun, inspiring and ‘out of the ordinary’ way to enhance their NDIS goals.
It takes a sports-focused approach, where participants work with Accelerator coaches and psychologists, have a go at some footy drills and engage in positive activities that are focused on physical and mental health.
The Kicking Goals session is broken into several focus areas including: ice breaker conversion and activity, activity relating to mental health and social sport and Boyd and Brigginshaw sharing their sporting stories, demonstrating mental health challenges and solutions.
More than 20 participants worked with Boyd and Brigginshaw on a series of footy drills to foster new friendships as well as mental health and wellbeing activities. The program concludes with participants cheering on their team at Suncorp Stadium for the clash against the Broncos v Knights.
The program also offers carer and support worker education for those attending with their family member/participant.