TOPSoccer at the Valley Stream Soccer Club
By Manal Layachi
Volume 2 Issue 6
April 14, 2022
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TOPSoccer stands for “The Outreach Program for Soccer.” It is a program for young adults and children who have intellectual and/or physical disabilities. My father, Azzedine Layachi, founded this program for the Valley Stream Soccer Club for my brother Zak. He founded it in September of 2014. My other brother, Elyas, and I volunteer and teach the kids the fundamentals of how to play soccer; I’ve been doing it since I was 5 years old. My favorite part is spending time with the kids and helping them. When they smile, it fills me with joy. Here are some questions that my father answered for me:
What inspired you to found this program?
My own son and kids like him who would miss the opportunity to play sports.
What is your favorite part of each session?
The parachute. That is the favorite for all players, and it involves teamwork, singing, and turning in circles as a group.
Do you like helping others?
Yes. That is one of our purposes in life, to be there for others.
Why do you like teaching kids how to play soccer?
It is my passion and I want the players to acquire that passion too. It is an easy sport to play.
Will you continue to do this for the rest of your life?
For as long as I can. A lot of new kids sign up and it feels good to make a change. Anyone can volunteer, even if you don’t know how to play soccer. All in all, I love this TOPSoccer program and helping others, and I can’t wait for the season to start!