Football West will launch a new socially inclusive community competition aimed at bringing together players of a wide range of abilities.
The Summer All-Abilities Pre-Season Competition will be played at three futsal centres, starting on Friday, and is ideal for players who may struggle to participate over long periods.
Five-a-side competitions will be held for juniors aged 11 to 18 and seniors aged 16 and over. Teams must have a minimum of two people with competitive disadvantage on court at all times. Each session will cost $5.
Coaches will use the competition to scout potential WA players for this year’s Special Olympics Junior National Games.
Inclusive Participation Officer Gordon Duus said the competition would provide a great opportunity for participants to enjoy a positive social experience.
“With the support of government and great partner organisations we are proud to deliver a weekend competition in a fun and inclusive non-elite environment,” Duus said. “We encourage players of all backgrounds and abilities to join in the game socially and work towards goals each week.”
Duus said the flexible format would suit players who were interested in reaching Special Olympics or Paralympic representation level, but was open to all players who could move unassisted on a small court.
The competitions will be run at the following locations:
Hollywood Futsal Club: Smyth Road, Nedlands (Friday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm – juniors finish early) – starts Friday January 27
State Futsal Centre: Port Pirie Drive, Bibra Lake (Sunday afternoon 12:30pm – 3:30pm) starts Sunday January 29
Sporties Futsal Club: Stancliffe Street, Mount Lawley (Sunday afternoon 2:00pm – 5:00pm) starts Sunday January 29
The competition will be reviewed after a three-week period and a wind-up event will take place on Sunday, April 23.
For more information or to register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.