Football West’s Equal Footingball Division has proved so popular that the open-age competition has been expanded.
The first match day of the season last Sunday attracted a record 26 players at Tuart Hill Junior Soccer Club, with nearly all participating sides reporting an increase in player numbers plus the introduction of a new club.
Equal Footingball Division, which is supported by Healthway, is designed to retain players not suited to larger pitch and full-pace games. It attracts many people with competitive disadvantages including disabilities.
The spike in player numbers saw Football West and club representatives increase the tiers available to cater for younger, advanced and novice players.
Football West Inclusive Participation Officer Gordon Duus: “The inclusiveness in our game and clubs keeps going from strength to strength.
“The landmark creation of three tiers to replace the former two level model is vital to ensure the game can be enjoyable and inclusive for more people who have discovered the joy of the game.
“Juniors, Development and Premier Divisions should be able to cater for our influx for the remainder of the season and solidify Equal Footingball Division as the best option for inclusion, enjoyment and participation among the inclusive sports on offer.”
There are currently five clubs around the metro area who play in the winter season – Cockburn City, Kalamunda United, Lynwood United, Tuart Hill JSC and Western Knights SC. Two more clubs are looking to enter the competition and players register at their club of choice then undergo training before they play a match.
Football West provides start-up support to new clubs and educates the club on how it works and engages the local community.