Football Victoria has joined the global football community in celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), as well as several updates from FV’s All Abilities football programs.
IDPwD is held yearly on December 3, a United Nations day that’s observed internationally. It helps to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with an impairment and recognise their contributions to society.
“We are proud to be an inclusive sport supporting people with an impairment to play football,” Football Victoria said.
“Despite not being able to host our usual programs this year, we are more than determined to ensure our players with impairments will have the best football season in 2021 – aligning with the international theme for IDPwD 2020: “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”.
“We are excited to share some updates across our All Abilities football programs.”
A new FV Blind Football Project Coordinator has been appointed, with Amir Abdi to commence from 2021. He will work closely with Football Victoria’s Inclusion team related to programs for blind or partially sighted Victorians.
At Fitzroy City SC, the second session of their pilot Autism Football Program for children with the condition will take place, with costs of the program going towards the KS Foundation where it ensures kids with autism can play and watch football in a safe environment.
The Disability Sport and Recreation Online Festival will be an online platform this year to make sure anyone can still attend and participate. Football Victoria has given support to the festival that will run from Friday 11th December – Saturday 12th December 2020.
Football Victoria are also looking to launch their GO Sevens All Abilities Competitions on January 9th 2021, at Darebin International Sports Centre. It will involve a six week, 7-a-side social competition for people who have impairments (intellectual or physical) for ages 15 years and over.