Most people know of someone who could benefit from inclusive and tailor-made football programs; Football West along with partner organisations and clubs is expanding and enhancing people's access and inclusion in football.
Many Australians play the sport regularly; its simplicity requires a ball and some basic objects as make-shift posts and space and just about any level of ability.
Football West is proudly represented by Community Disability-Engagement Ambassador Travis Bird, who regurly appears at schools, interschool events and community programs coaching and inspiring more people to make sport part of their life.
Western Australia's player development pathways include elite and extension opportunities for players with disabilities to ensure a wide range of playing options and representative opportunities.
Football West's partners and supporters include: Department of Sport and Recreation WA, Edith Cowan University (Sports Science), Sports Education and Development Australia Program (SEDA), Special Olympics WA and Wheelchair Sports WA.
There will be a free 8-week soccer training program at the beginner level and we will be looking at changes in physical, physiological and psychosocial health measures before and after the training intervention. Our aim in this project is to promote the world sport as a form of physical activity to people of all abilities, targeting better overall health outcomes.
Please see the video below for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-z3F5OXtX0
The research team and is currently looking for children paricipants that meet the following criteria:
1) 9 – 18 years old (male or female)
2) Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) Levels I and II
3) Able to walk without the use of a walking aid.
Click here for recruitment flyer. Inquiries to Alvin Goh via 0423 450 794.
Each year the Disabilities in Football - Player Achievement Award (David Cantoni Medal) is presented to a player who has stood out with their performance and contribution to our sport in the last 12-months. David Cantoni, retired international Australian Pararoo star and inaugural coach of WA Paralympic Football program, pioneered and continues to advocate for meaningful inclusion and engagement of people with disabilities in our sport.
2016 winner: Christopher Johnstone from Lynwood United FC.
Lynwood United FC cited him as a valuable asset playing in 14s team, training 2 nights a week and playing Equal Footingball Division wherever possible. He was the 14s team's most improved player for this season through his efforts and played through his competitive disadvantage and without any special allowances. Never misses a training session and is focused at his training sessions, always integrates well with other players and well respected by his peers for ability and effort. The club lauded his Effort/Passion/ Endeavour/Teamwork.
To view historical winners log, click here.
Football West's long-running Age Concessions Program encourages young players with various kinds of competitive disadvantage (including disabilities) to become involved.
With the support of a club and parents, a child with a competitive disadvantage can apply and receive clearance to play in a lower age group to reduce the competitive disadvantage relative to their peers. Contact the Football West competitions department (6181 0700) for details.
Western Australia's focused week with more activites commemorating and celebrating people of varying levels of ability being a part of the game.
2017's event details to be announced early 2017.
Football West is proud to be a partner of Special Olympics WA in the drive for wider community inclusion in sport. More players are welcome - contact Special Olympics WA (click here for link) for membership forms and information.
On Saturday 12 March 2016 the Special Olympics WA Junior Squad program was launched with a skill testing program, small game and exhibition game at the Perth Glory's halftime slot.
From 2015 on, players in the Special Olympics stream will need to become participants in active Football West registered clubs, including the related Equal Footingball Division. This will provide players to access game-play and training preparation in the lead-up to state games, national games and world games. Click here for link to EFD information.
Three WA players from Australia's Squad at the LA 2015 World Games Jason Kappler, Brendon Masters and Christopher Minutillo returned proudly with silver medals. The WA Football Community congratulates these players on their achievement, including 17 year-old Chris Minutillo who managed an incredible 7-goal total out of Australia's overall campaign 8 goals!
Powerchair Football is the form of the world game modified to suit electric wheelchairs which many people use for daily life.
Like on facebook; find Western Australian Powerchair Football Association Inc
WA's Powerchair Football is hosted by Western Electric Sports Association.
Generally all fixtures start 12pm, finish 2:30pm. Venue Rocky Bay Gymnasium, McCabe Street, Mosman Park.
The game has modified rules to ensure players are constantly involved and that there is a tactically relevant, fast and free-flowing game. It is played 4-a-side with a larger than normal ball on a basketball sized court.
See some parts of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=38&v=pjd0nGjj6FY and here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-09/queensland-triumphant-in-powerchair-football/5660510?section=nsw
Anyone interested in trying out or joining up with Power Football in Perth can register interest; click here for flyer. Prospective players should attend or contact either Jason Lewis (0418 888 971) or Dylan Needham (0438 982 727).
Important Information: At all levels of the game; insurance considerations may be different for players who have previously suffered an injury, more details here.