WA Paralympic Football
WA Paralympic 7-a-side Football Development Program and State Team
Football (7-a-side) has been an official sport since the 1984 New York Paralympic Games and is now the world’s most played team sport at the games.
The paralympic 7-a-side format caters for athletes with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries (ABI) and players with stroke related impairments. International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA) rules allow slight modifications to ensure football players with a range of ability levels can enjoy competing in this format.
Western Australia’s pathway under Football West delivers opportunities for male and female participants to:
- set their own goals.
- advance skills, ability and fitness.
- join socially.
- learn from athletes who have faced varied life challenges.
- work under specialised professional coaches.
- access and participate in Edith Cowan University player development study.
- work towards selection for the WA State team, and
- join a growing number of Western Australians selected to represent Australia on the world stage in the ‘Pararoos’.
New participants are welcome and need to bring appropriate footwear, shin pads, drink and comfortable sports clothes. Long-term participants pay a subscription fee which covers program costs.
Edith Cowan University School of Exercise and Health Sciences (ECU) is working in partnership with Football West in a three-year study. The study into ‘the effect of recreational football (soccer) games on physical, physiological and mental health outcomes in children with cerebral palsy’ welcomes new participants to join the project and benefit from this fantastic opportunity.
Football West recognises Rebound WA as a supporter of the paralympic pathway as advocate and fundraising organisation.
Resources and Related Information:
Inquries to: Gordon Duus, Football West Inclusive Participation Officer, 0410 659 422 / firstname.lastname@example.org