Sport free for all

Young intellectually impaired men playing cricket in the sun

Sport free for all

Uniting Ability Links staff organised a multi-disability sports day at Gore Hill Oval as part of Social Inclusion Week. Over 100 participants from a variety of schools and disability service providers enjoyed perfect weather as they showed off their sporting skills in football, cricket and more at Gore Hill Oval.

Football NSW staff organised football drills and skill training and participants as young as five years old attended the exciting day full of inclusion and point scoring celebrations.

Ability Linker for Uniting, Scott Jones, who organised the day said, “Ability Links in Partnership with Sport NSW and Willoughby council wanted to showcase disability sports in the area in an attempt to raise awareness of disability sports and perhaps offer opportunities for locally based teams to compete in disability competitions in the future.

“I think we made a good start on the day and set a solid foundation to build on. We are looking forward to having Football NSW being a part of this journey.”

Football was a highlight among a variety of sports that all provided an opportunity for participants to try out sports, learn some new skills and provide individuals with opportunities to play sport on a regular basis for anyone with a disability.

Participants were welcomed from Cromehurst School, Job Centre Chatswood and Northside Enterprise disability service providers. The Disability Sports Network were also in attendance on the day with a live broadcast of the fantastic sports day.

Football NSW Community Game Development Officer Demelza Howard was pleased with each player’s participation at the football station.

“It was great to see the community and state sporting organisations come together to give participants the opportunity to play sport and give them an opportunity to be part of the ever growing football family”

Download the expression of interest form if you would like to participate in a Football NSW disability program in 2017.

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