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24 November 2010

Fairplay project: Bradlei and Pete Woodcock

With a cheeky wink and a smile, Bradlei, 11, runs onto the pitch to start his first game of the night. A member of Fairplay Football for nearly a year, Bradlei is turning into one of the group’s big success stories, as his mother Nikki explains.

“This is a completely different Bradlei to the one I knew nine months ago,” she said. “He’d have sooner started a fight or been playing on his own rather than playing football and scoring points for good behaviour! “Bradlei has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and had previously been suspended from school on a number of occasions following aggressive behaviour. He struggles with social interaction.”

Nikki approached Fairplay Football when she saw Pete’s group on a local playing field.“I was desperate – something had to change. Pete was so welcoming and wasn’t put off by Bradlei’s behavioural difficulties. In fact, he said the club was set up for youngsters just like Bradlei. When he explained the good behaviour points, I knew we’d found something special.

“Now I often hear Bradlei say ‘sorry’ and ‘thank you’ which was unheard of before. He doesn’t want to fight anymore – he doesn’t see the point.“The difference the club makes to these young people and the community is the biggest reward going.”

What BIG did:

Fairplay Football was awarded £9,960 in July 2009 through BIG’s Awards for All programme. Each player is awarded 10 points at the start of every game. Points are awarded for good behaviour on and off the pitch and deducted for bad behaviour. The players’efforts are then rewarded with an awards ceremony at the end of each tournament.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 4 January 2011 3:56 am

    Good effort. Keep going Bradlei .

  2. 10 January 2011 4:49 pm

    I love football, keep up the good job!

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