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2013 Dates: Tuesday 4 June to Sunday 9 June
Most people know of someone who could benefit from an opportunity to be involved in inclusive and tailor-made football programs; Equal Footingball is all about ensuring that people with disabilities have similar opportunities and access to football for fun, social participation and elite development compared to fully able-bodied players. Football West in partnership with the WA Department of Sport and Recreation employs an Inclusive Development Officer to (amongst other things) deliver fun football programs to involve people with disabilities in the world game.
Many Australians play the sport regularly and the popularity (the only football code that appears in the Australian Top Ten Sports and Physical Recreational Activities by Participation and is the most played team sports for males and females in Australia with almost 1.7 million participants) is often attributed to its simplicity; a ball and some basic objects as make-shift posts and anyone can play.
Football West and Football Federation of Australia have asserted their support for the 'Football for All' principle and committed to responsibilities to ensure the growth of the football community includes people with disabilities. Click here to view the policies.
Football West has recently established pathways for players with disabilities to ensure a wide range of playing options and representative opportunities with more options to be added. For player pathways document click here.
Our Partners and Supporters: Department of Sport and Recreation (WA) Australian Paralympic Committee Special Olympics WA Wheelchair Sports WA Therapy Focus The Centre for Cerebral Palsy
Football West operates a program to encourage 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 physical disadvantage can apply and receive clearance to play down an age group to reduce the competitive disadvantage with their peers as many players have done for more than 15 years.
Contact the Football West competitions department (9422 6900) for details.
Hosted by Football Gold Coast, this event is supported by FFA and Football Queensland. Have a sporting holiday and learn about inclusive opportunities in our sport and participate in an end-of event tournament to put to use your improving skills.
Disabilities in Football - Player Achievement Award (David Cantoni Medal)
Disabilities in Football - Contribution as an Official or Administrator
David Cantoni Medal (Achievement as a Player) Winner for 2011-12: Michael Debenham
Contribution as an Official or Volunteer Award for 2011-12 : Luke Jurcevic
2011 Inclusive Awards
David Cantoni Player Achievement Award: Chris Barty, WA Paralympic Football player
Contribution as an Official or Volunteer Award: David Cantoni, WA Paralympic Football Coach
Football West has released an award-winning iPhone app which is free for all to download from the iTunes App Store. It is also available for the iPod Touch and iPad. We've also got a mobile site available for other devices! Click here for more.