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What is Inclusive Sports Coaching?

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​John Lonergan 

Head Coach and Founder
We all want to feel included, it's a basic human right
This sentence sums up Inclusive Sports Coaching for me.  There are many Academies and Elite programs focused on mainstream athletes, but those with a Disability or Disadvantaged often don't get the opportunity to access High Performance Coaches.  It's time that changed, and so I have created the Inclusive Sports Academy. 
With the NDIS providing funding to people with a Disability or Mental Health concerns to enable them to increase their social and community participation opportunities, High Performance coaches like myself can provide the same coaching and mentoring to people with a Disability as I provide to mainstream athletes.  
As well as a professional career of over 20 years in the IT industry managing large teams spread across the Asia Pacific region, I've also had a diverse and wide-ranging list of roles in Cricket.  I believe this diversity and mix of club and representative levels of playing and coaching provides a strong basis to pass on my knowledge and help athletes become the best they can be. 
Current Head Coach Australian Cricket Team for Players with an Intellectual Disability
Director and Women's Head Coach at Southern District Cricket Club
Assistant Coach Australian Cricket Team for Players with an Intellectual Disability (2014-2016)
Coaching Roles at Goodwood Cricket Club
Director of Coaching/Head Coach Northern Districts Cricket Club
Inaugural Coach of South Australian Special Olympics Cricket Team at the first National Championships
Open Mens South Australian Indoor Cricket Coach (2003-2005 and 2009-2015)
Various SA Masters Indoor Cricket Coaching roles (Over 30 Men, Over 35 Men, Over 30 Women)
Ad Hoc Coaching assistance to various teams as requested
I'm also on the Committee of Taverners SA (Home - Taverners Australia) which is a charitable organisation supporting athletes with a Disability or Disadvantaged to pursue their sporting dreams. 
John has a Working with Children Check, has completed the NDIS mandatory training modules, and also the "Improving Sport for Athletes with an Intellectual Disability" online course from Special Olympics Australia. 
And most importantly I'm married to Lesley, and have a daughter Tyler and a son Sean.  We live in Goodwood, South Australia. 
Partner Coaches also engaged with Inclusive Sports Coaching are shown below. We are always interested in talking to people who have the desire and skills to deliver our Jump Start or High-Performance programs to people with a Disability.  Even if you only have time to do 1 x 1 hour session per week for a client, that allows us to provide one extra person access to our 1 to 1 service. 
Syed Mohsin
Syed works with a number of clients delivering our Jump Start program, and also has coaching qualifications in Cricket and Soccer.  Located in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide. 
Jonathan DeConno
Jono loves working with young kids helping them improve their physical activity and sporting skills, and generally having a great time.  Located in the Eastern Suburbs of Adelaide.
Belinda Godden
Belle is a former State and AIS Basketballer with great skills to coach Basketball and Netball to people of all ages.  Belle also provides support worker and mentoring services.  Located in the Inner Southern Suburbs of Adelaide. 
Darren Roberts
Darren has a sports science background, previously doing Talent ID for Cycling South Australia.  He enjoys working with young kids and has a particular focus around Tennis and most recently Badminton, but also can provide AFL and Cricket guidance.  Located in the Eastern Suburbs of Adelaide. 


ABC 730 Report Story


A Training Camp with a Difference

The ABC attended the Australian Intellectually Disabled Team Training Camp in Brisbane to get a behind the scenes look at how the Players were preparing for the International games vs England later in the year.

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