One of problems children with developmental disabilities have is that they are all too often denied participation in sports, because they can have difficulty following the rules of organized sports, or with the physicality of some gym activities. NPO TRACOS sends experienced and professional coaches to offer a soccer class so that children with developmental disabilities who give up joining sports activities nearby, can do a lot of sports without feeling stressed, scared, perplexed or dissapointed.
In order to carry out our mission, "Normalization through sports ", reaching out to individuals and society is crucial. We organize special events that unimpaired individuals participate in as players and volunteers to raise awareness and understanding.
On-Site Soccer Class for Kids & Families
On-site classes for kids and their families who can't join our schools. TRACOS sends coaches with fun inflatable soccer equipment and hold a 1-2 hour soccer class.
NPO TRACOS sends experienced and professional coaches (Certified by Japanese Para-Sports Association) to special-needs schools and events to offer a soccer class so that children with developmental disabilities/difficulties who give up joining sports activities nearby, or can’t come to our schools because of distance, can move their bodies without feeling stressed, scared, perplexed or dissapointed.
Coaches carry colourful inflatable soccer equipment, which helps children find sports fun and interesting. Class activities help them improve their health and athletic abilities, and according to recent studies, exercise could benefit children with developmental disabilities/difficulties. The studies found children in elementary school were better able to control their behaviour in the classroom when they excercised.
Our on-site soccer classes are not only for children but also for their parents. Parents share information each other and develope mutual feelings of fellowship before and after class.
We held 207 on-site soccer classes in 2017!
COPA-TRA & copa-tra
A friendly match between TRACOS and unimpaired soccer teams is held every year.
SENIOR & TRCOS Rec.
A friendly match between TRACOS and senior soccer players from Nihon Soccer OB Association is held every year.
Workshops : Shidosha Juku
NPO TRACOS holds seminars for those who are involved in developmental disabilities education. Yukinori Sawae, Associate Professor B.P.E., M.P.E., Ph.D.- University of Tsukuba, gives a lecture on "Supports of Movement Development for Children with Developmental Disorders".
Participants learn what is required for instruction for children with developmental disabilities by using examples and case studies through a seminar. Also, problems and challenges sports instructors, teachers and caregivers dealing with children who are afflicted by developmental disabilities/difficulties face are shared and discussed in the seminar.
Nikko Niko Festa
Nikko Niko Festa 2018
TRACOS organizes an annual nationwide event, Niko Niko Festa, for adults and children with learning disabilities/difficulties. The 11th Nikko Niko Festa will take place on the 21st of October. In 2017, 626 footballers, 246 coaches/instructors, 511 volunteers, 560 audiences took part in the event.
Below is detailed information about the event.
- Date: Sunday 21 Oct.
- Time: 8:30 - 16:30
- Venue: Edogawa City Track & Field Stadium
2-1-1 Seishincho, Edogawa City, Tokyo
Champion League (7 on 7 Mini Soccer for ages 15 and up) 1,000 yen/per player
Field Star League (5 on 5 Mini Soccer for between 6 and 14 years of age) 1,000 yen/per player
Wai Wai League (5 on 5 Mini Soccer) 500 yen/per player
Challenge Field (Fun ball games) ：500 yen/per player
Note: Applications for Champion League and Field Star Leagues were closed on the 18th of Sept.
20.April.2019 UNIFIED SOCCER
UNIFIED SOCCER joins people with and without intellectual disabilities/difficulties on the same team. Teams are made up of children, adult and people with/without disabilities . The event will be sponsored by hummel, a Danish footwear and sportswear brand, who has initiated and supported several projects focusing on changing the world through sport by sponsorships.
Photos taken at the event in 2019 are available at our Facebook page!