The first Summer All-Abilities Futsal tournament of 2018 has kicked off this month, providing an inclusive option for beginners, people with disabilities or competitive disadvantages and those seeking a social game.
The format has been continued following the success of the 2017 tournament, where almost 70 people attended three venues to participate.
Through the support of the Disability Services Commission, Pro Futsal and the WA Blind Sports Federation, Football West is heading a drive to make all levels of the game in Western Australia more inclusive, with futsal being the frontier.
The Summer All-Abilities Futsal tournament will feature players in various specialised pathways such as the Special Olympics and Paralympic football program who will use the tournament to develop and refine their skills. For the first time in an official football program in WA, audible balls will be used to enable more participants with vision impairments to enjoy the game.
Football West Inclusive Participation Officer Gordon Duus said the program will aim to increase inclusive participation and encourage inactive people to make a positive change to their lifestyle.
“We had fantastic feedback from participants in the 2017 tournament, who enjoyed socialising, facing challenges, an inclusive aspect and a bit of exercise,” he said.
“This is a fantastic way for people who might not want the full extent of club football in WA to still get involved in the game on a more inclusive level with people who have similar skill-sets to their own.”
The Pro Futsal Centre in Bibra Lake will host the first group, with local clubs invited to offer their grounds as host venues.
The tournament runs every Sunday from January to April excluding long weekends. A Football West coach will deliver each training and game session with support from volunteers and Pro Futsal staff.
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