Inclusive Sports Coaching Services

Therapy Through Sport

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Inclusive Sports Academy​​

With Coaches in South Australia and Western Australia, the following are Services available to people with a Disability and/or Autism, utilising their NDIS Funding.  As part of their Management Plan they can have access to Therapy Through Sports whether they are children who have an interest in sport and parents want them to improve their skills and personal development, or teens and adults looking to represent their State or Country in the All Abilities pathway.  It's also for those who just want to get out and do some physical activity, get out in the environment and improve their motor skills and experience new challenges to help regulate behaviour. In all sessions there is a strong focus not only on sporting skills, but also social skills such as communication, listening and resilience. 

An NDIS Services Agreement for the Coaching Services will be provided and agreed via email.  This can be utilised to help justify and formalise the services with your NDIS Support Coordinator and/or Plan Manager.  

In most cases we will find a venue close to you, understanding that part of the benefit is to allow parents and carers some respite to do other activities or just take some time to breathe.  We also Partner with Action Indoor Sports Salisbury as our Indoor Venue for Academy Coaching.  Visit Action Indoor Sports Centre Salisbury, Adelaide ( to see the sports you can play and have fun at Inflatable World!

Inclusive Sports Academy Participants

Bryce - 14 y.o. with Autism, lives for cricket and wants to represent his Country.  Bryce is now part of the State Cricket Development Academy as a result of working with Inclusive Sports Coaching. High Performance Program

Elijah - 11 y.o. with Autism, extremely intelligent academically but Mum wanted him to do physical activity outside.  Has gone from not doing any sport to just 8 weeks later we now play an hour of tennis each week and his skills, arm strength, agility and self-esteem are all improving greatly.  Jump Start Program. 

Nic - 11 y.o. with Autism and Cerebral Palsy, loves his cricket, getting too old for the local All Abilities program and wants to develop his game further.  High Performance Program. 

Alyssa- 9 y.o. with Autism.  Didn't do much sport or physical activity.  Tried a number of ball activities, and now each session going to a Tennis Court for an hour of Tennis training with a view to joining a local club.  Jump Start Program. 

Kavi - 5 y.o. with Autism, struggles to interact with others his age, but his personality flourishes when playing cricket.  Coaching the basic technical skills and developing his fine and gross motor skills to enable him to be more confident around others. Jump Start Program. 

Finn- 6 y.o. with Autism and ADHD, struggles to take instruction and play in a structured environment.  Using various techniques to help him slow down and listen to instructions, do activities in a certain order, and also deal with his thoughts when he doesn't get his own way.  Jump Start Program. 

Alexa - 9 y.o. with Autism, learning soccer and other ball skills, with a key focus on learning to listen to instructions and follow them.  Also struggles with sensory issues so expanding her sensory diet with being outside exposed various visual, hearing and feel experiences and coping with this. Jump Start Program. 

Oscar - 8 y.o. with Autism and Speech Apraxia (non verbal).  Mum was told Oscar is a good runner but the PE teacher wasn't sure how to progress, so she came to Inclusive Sports Coaching.  Working on his fine and gross motor skills, playing basketball and soccer, increasing his hand eye coordination and athletic ability.  Jump Start Program. 

Jakob - 9 y.o. with Autism.  Played some soccer but lost interest, parents want Jakob to get involved in some sport to keep him physically active and potentially join a club.  We are trying a range of sports to find his passion!  Jump Start Program. 

Adam - 52 y.o. with Brain Injury - Adam played sports before his accident (when 20 yo) but is now not so active, putting on weight and lacks muscle strength in legs causing balance issues.  We work with Adam on doing plyometric style exercises to increase gross motor skills for balance and overall core and leg strength.  We do this playing basketball, using a ground ladder, and even when playing snooker after each game we do leg exercises leaning on the table!  Jump Start Program.

Jean - 22 y.o. with Autism - Assisting with Community Participation and Skill Acquisition by helping with his golf swing at the Driving Range and also playing Mini Golf.  Jump Start Program.

Aidan - 24 y.o. with a physical disability.  Aidan loves his cricket so we are teaching him to bowl leg spin, work out the best scoring shots for him when batting, and techniques for catching and fielding using his whole body. 

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"Bryce is already responding well to the Coaching, we can see him improving in his listening skills and memory recall due to the way John is explaining things"


Parent of a 14 Year Old with Autism receiving Cricket Coaching as part of the Inclusive Sports Academy

"You have an innate talent for engaging people with special needs"

Parent of a 22 Year Old with Autism receiving Golf Coaching as part of the Inclusive Sports Academy

Inclusive Sports Coaching Accredited Coaches


John Lonergan - CA Representative Coach, CCID, ACID

James Niederer - CA Community Coach, CCID, Junior Coordinator and All Abilities Clinic Founder, Adelaide

Paolo Franzini - CA Representative Coach, WA ID State Coach, CCID, Perth

Jono DeConno - Level 1 CA Coach, North Eastern Junior Association Coach, Adelaide

Syed Mohsin - Level 2 CA Coach, Level 1 Soccer Coach, University Basketball Player, Junior Coach, Adelaide

Christopher Raja - CCID, Coach in Doha, Qatar

Lily Harvey - CCID, School Age Cricketer Adelaide

Scott Dawson - CCID, Community Club Head Coach, Adelaide

Jye Stephens - CCID, Community Cricketer, Adelaide

Paul Gent - CCID, Community Cricketer, Adelaide

Tyson Anderson - CCID, Community Junior Coach, Adelaide

Aaron Sebastyan - CCID, Community Cricketer, Adelaide

Nicholas Brodley - CCID, Community Cricketer, Adelaide

Yasmin Lyons - CCID, Community Club Junior Coordinator, Adelaide

Alex May - CCID, Community Cricketer, Adelaide

Barbara McIver - CCID, Community Club Committee Member, Adelaide

Shaun Conniff - CCID, Community Club Coach, Adelaide

Amy Picton - CCID, Community Club Committee Member, Adelaide

Jared Devolle - CCID, Community Cricketer, Adelaide

Ann Brodley - CCID, Community Club Committee Member, Adelaide

Garry Brodley - CCID, Community Club President, Adelaide

Sam Colley - CCID, Teacher, Adelaide

Jay Woolford - CCID, Cricket Director ATCA Club, Studying OT, Adelaide

The following Services are High Performance focused for any Mainstream Cricket Players and Coaches looking to learn more about the Mental Skills involved in sport, expand their Coaching skills to include specialised areas, learn techniques on how to analyse opponents in preparation for a game using scorecards and publicly available information. Decision Making Quotient (DMQ) Coaching can be engaged to teach the skills, or deliver and execute the skills directly with players and clubs as required. 

DMQ Coaching



John is a Representative Level (formerly known as Level 2) Cricket Coach and can work with Cricketers looking to improve their Outdoor Cricket game at both a technical and mental level.  Not only can we provide the traditional cricket coaching assistance, but John's experience working with a wide range of people means he can assist children, teenagers and/or adults who struggle sometimes with high pressure situations, have some anxiety, or other issues which restrict their ability to maintain or improve performances.  

The hourly rate for general Cricket Coaching services is $75 per hour.  The venue and the overall pricing approach can be discussed and modified on a case by case basis to best suit your location and budget.  We're focused on helping people improve as people and cricketers, so while this is a commercial business, we take an inclusive approach to our services making sure we give access to as many people as possible to High Performance Coaching. Contact John on 0413 319 044 or to discuss further. 

Jye - 18 y.o.struggles with self-doubt and low self esteem.  Learning skills to have positive thoughts during games to replace negative thoughts and self doubt.

Lachlan - 14 yo playing Junior District Cricket struggling with some performance anxiety and carrying out coaches instructions due to a need for more focused and specific messaging.  

Alicia - 26 y.o. playing club level Indoor and Outdoor cricket but hasn't had any real coaching.  Looking to develop game to learn more about the tactical and mental aspects, and refine bowling and batting techniques to optimise performance. 

Dylan - 19 y.o. who at times struggles with anxiety and pressure.  Dad looking for specialised coaching services to help Dylan improve his leg spin and his batting, and his ability to cope with anxiety and performance pressure.

Ethan- 14 y.o.wants to learn more about how to handle performance pressure for both Indoor and Outdoor cricket.    



Decision Making Quotient, or DMQ, Coaching involves teaching athletes and coaches about how you actually have two brains, and they both need to work together to make the best decisions in your chosen sport.

Inclusive Sports Coaching offers a series of Workshops covering the general Introduction to DMQ Coaching, and then Deep Dive Workshops for Cricket for specific areas such as Batting, Bowling and Coaching/Captaincy.

The Deep Dive Workshops take the group through the range of scenarios and decisions which are made in the lead up to a game (Outdoor Cricket) or in preparation for and during a National Indoor Cricket Tournament.  

"John gave me some new ideas to try with my Juniors not only at Training but during Matches which I think will really help the kids cope with tough situations" - Goodwood Cricket Club Junior Coach

"I'm using some of the techniques you mentioned, but now I'm more confident knowing some of the science behind the approach" - State Junior Indoor Cricket Coach


"Thanks John, the players, parents, carers and coaching staff got a lot from it. Very worth while and fully recommend it for any sports teams" - WA State ID Cricket Coach

Coaching Certifications


Coaching Players with a Disability

Inclusive Sports Coaching will provide Coaching courses to supplement your sport specific accreditations.  For example you may have a Community Level Coaching Accreditation for Cricket from Cricket Australia.  We believe it would be beneficial to supplement that with specific learning for coaching players with an Intellectual Disability.  There are specific skills and communication methods required to be the best coach you can be for players with a Disability or from a Disadvanted background, and these skills are often not covered in the critical but generic Coaching Accreditations provided by the peak sporting bodies. 

Community Cricket Coaching - Coaching Athletes with an Intellectual Disability - Only $7 !!

Advanced Cricket Coaching for Athletes with an Intellectual Disability

We can also run the Community Coaching Course for Sporting Clubs at a Club Rate - contact John at

Indoor Cricket Coaching Accreditation

These courses focus purely on Indoor Cricket, starting with the Fundamentals of the game for coaches, team managers, parents, teachers who are just starting to look after competition teams, through to the Advanced Course which provides Strategies, Tactics and Technical Coaching drills and tips for those competing at Superleague, Big Bash and National Tournaments.