‘Uppies for Autism’ -a sporting challenge initiated by England footballer Jack Wilshere in collaboration with The Autism Trust.
Jack Wilshere (the Arsenal and England football player) has responded to the challenge laid down by Billy Tommey, a young man aged 17 with autism, to take on the challenge of showing off his footballing skills in the new ‘Uppies for Autism’ campaign for 2014.
Responding to the opportunity Jack then challenged Mo Farah and Arsenal colleagues Calum Chambers, Alex Oxlade-‐Chamberlain plus the legend, David Beckham … Chambers went on to show what he could do and extended the challenge to Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck, Wojciech Szczesny, and Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne and Harrison Reed.
The game is now on! Anyone can try ! All you need is a ball …or something else to do your uppies, your imagination is your only limitation.
Here is my lil footballer doing her most keepy uppies to date so far!!!
‘Uppies’ is a game played by people the world over to develop their footballing skills. The goal is simple (but very hard!): How many times can you ‘keep up’ the ball using feet, knees, head and shoulders (no handball!) without the ball touching the ground…
Uppies for Autism is a campaign to raise awareness of the challenges faced by individuals
with autism, as well as how The Autism Trust will address those challenges and improve
the lives of all individuals impacted by autism, including their families.
The campaign (online‘uppiesforautism’) will raise much needed funds and support to achieve The Autism Trust’s mission of ongoing operations inthe Sunninghill, UK location, as well as build a revolutionary facility in the UK & United States that will provide vocational, educational, wellness and semi(independent resources for individuals with autism.
These unique and much needed facilities, combined with other resources, will provide futures with purpose for all individuals with autism.
The Autism Trust’s objective is to create a future with purpose for children everywhere with autism. The concept is based on providing employment and training opportunities for young adults with autism within a new residential and outreach centre where adults with autism and other related disabilities are provided with expert services through a developed medical, business and vocational centre that will support their health, maximise their skills and talents and offer work to live fundamentally happy and safe lives.
The Autism Trust (Registered charity Nr 1117657) www.theautismtrust.org.uk
The Autism Trust’s focus is on building inspiring, sustainable and real futures for the many young
people with autism in the world today.The Autism Trust is a charity established to provide futures for people with autism so they may live a fulfilling life with purpose, dignity and respect.Our primary belief is that if given the chance all people with autism can put something back into society, some independently and some with support.
Autism is a global issue and The Autism Trust believe that by working collaboratively with experts, parents and professionals in the field of autism we can provide the futures that are crucially needed for all individuals with autism. Our UK centre in Sunninghill in Berkshire, ‘Polly’s Place’ has successfully shown that with the right support, our students can use their skills to add real value to the world.
We want to expand and help more teenagers and adults with autism experience the training in all
areas which The Autism Trust team can offer.The Autism Trust UK and USA work together in succeeding to prove that autism can and does have a place in society.
• Polly’s Place online and retail shop showcase the craft and art talent of artists
with autism and students at the centre, as well as provide them the opportunity to work in the shop packaging and sending the purchased products.
• Our students also participate in retail analysis, computer science, photography, horticulture,
holiday craft clubs and outreach work experience to local businesses within the community.
• The Autism Trust USA most recently launched our Social Club, which gives families
the opportunity for fun, friendship and social skill development.
Uppies for Autism will provide the much needed funds and support to give more people with autism and their families a chance, and for us to expand and develop our centres.
Will you get involved?