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special needs football an opportunity for people with a disability or special needs to enjoy football! Football4All was established in 2008 to further...
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special needs football an opportunity for people with a disability or special needs to enjoy football! Football4All was established in 2008 to further develop the special needs football programs of Football NSW and create a support network for volunteers, coaches, parents and players involved in special needs football. In 2013, there are 17 individual Football4All club programs operating within Football NSW which offer the opportunity for players to enjoy participation in a fun, safe and less competitive football environment. Football NSW also hosts its annual Football4All gala day providing a unique opportunity for players from all of our Football4all programs and invited groups to come together and enjoy a day of football, fun and festivities with family and friends.

Football4All Programs Our Football4All programs operate within affiliated clubs and associations and offer skills, drills, activities and modified games designed especially for players with a disability. Programs focus on participation through physical activity, player interaction, activities and social enjoyment of the game. There are usually no training nights and games are organised on an inter-club basis or as a regular interclub gala day with no structured competition. Skills and activities are designed to be both interesting and challenging but without exceeding player ability. Games are usually played with modified rules on smaller fields as either 5-a-side or 7-a-side with reduced game times and unlimited interchange. Game leaders can assist players during activities and games and parents are invited to play an integral part in their children’s involvement.

Football4All Gala Day The Football4All Gala Day usually involves around 220 participants from our programs and various organisations across NSW as well as invited teams from Special Olympics, Illawarra Disability Trust and Sport4All. This year’s event saw the inclusion of Powerchair Football. Powerchair football is one of the fastest growing sports for powered wheelchair users around the globe. It is a competitive team sport designed for participants with quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury and other disabilities. The Gala Day gives players a wonderful day of football with family and friends, at no expense in a carnival like atmosphere in a non-competitive fun environment. Off-field activities include jumping castles, face painting, balloons and special guests including A-League and W-League players. Members of our local community also attend including representatives from the local NSW Police and NSW Fire Brigade. Presentation is always the highlight of the day with a Gala Day Gold Medal and showbag presented to all participants.


special needs football an opportunity for people with a disability or special needs to enjoy football! BANKSTOWN - Bankstown Sports Strikers Lightning Bolts Club: Lightning Bolts offers fun football for special needs players aged 6 - 12 years. The program offers training and skill building exercises promoting FUN and INCLUSION for all members.

play: Saturdays at Crest Soccer Complex, Bass Hill Contact: Shan Le Claire 0421 215 766 Website: www.bankstownsportsstrikers.com.au

BAULKHAM HILLS - St. Michaels Knights Soccer Club Club: Baulkham Hills St Michael’s Knights are proud to offer a football program aimed at children aged

5 to 15 who have an intellectual disability. Skills Training is run parallel to our under 6 and 7 teams. This creates a unique inclusive environment which allows for participants to transition into the game format when they are ready.

play: 10am at Bella Vista Oval, Baulkham Hills Contact: Craig Gough 0418 964 928 email: [email protected] Website: www.stmichaelssoccer.com

BLUE MOUNTAINS - Hazelbrook Blue Kangaroos Club: “All Abilities” football team located in the Blue Mountains. Our aim is to provide an avenue for players to learn ball skills, make friends, have fun and be part of a team. When families register one child any other sibling is free. Our team is closely aligned with the Hazelbrook Hawks Football Club and we regularly take part in their small sided games. All skill levels and abilities are always enthusiastically celebrated!

play: Saturdays at Gloria Park, Lester Avenue, Hazelbrook Contact: Lisa Cairns 0413 548 562 email: [email protected] Website: www.hazelbrookhawks.com

The Cerebral Palsy Sporting and Recreation Association of NSW (CPSARA) Club: CPSARA offers a variety of sport and recreation activities to cater to people of all age groups with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological conditions. The sports include athletics, power lifting, football, swimming and cycling.

Contact: Brian Berry 0410 510 626 email: [email protected] Website: www.cpsara.org.au

EASTERN SUBURBS Club: Eastern Suburbs Football Association (ESFA) White Knights is an accessible football program for all players aged 5 years & over.

play: Heffron Park Field, Fitzgerald Ave, Hillsdale. Saturday mornings 10:00am to 11:00am Contact: (02) 8347 8800 email: [email protected] Website: www.esfa.com.au


special needs football an opportunity for people with a disability or special needs to enjoy football! ILLAWARRA (Independent Program) Club: Recreation Illawarra White Knights program offers sport activities for people with a disability in the

Wollongong and Illawarra region. Although this program is independent to the Football4All programs, both Recreation Illawarra and Football NSW continue to work together to enable participation in this region. This program is available for people with an intellectual, physical and sensory disability of all ages.

Contact: Recreation Illawarra (02) 4255 8000

KELLYVILLE - Kellyville Soccer Club “Super Soccer” Club: Football program for intellectually disabled senior age (18+) players. play: Bernie Mullane Sports Complex, Kellyville. Saturdays 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Contact: Steve Prattent 0417 277 279 Website: www.kellyvillesoccer.com.au

KINGS LANGLEY - Open Goals Special Needs Program Club: Kings Langley Football Club is the home of special needs football in the Blacktown and surrounding areas. The “Open Goals” program is specially modified to provide participation in a fun football environment and caters for players of all skill levels aged between 5 and 16 years old.

play: Lynwood Park, Stephen St, Blacktown. Saturdays 10:30am – 12:00pm during the football season. Contact: Lisa Thorn 0408 216 457 email: [email protected] Website: www.kingslangleysoccerclub.com.au

MARCARTHUR MAGIC – Special Needs Football Club Club: Providing kids with special needs in the Macarthur region the chance to play soccer. Our vision is to provide kids who have a physical, intellectual or developmental disability the opportunity to play soccer, joining in to the fullest of their abilities in the spirit of inclusion, tolerance and fair play.

Contact: Geoff Golden 0418 604 208, Lynda Jordan 0417 660 319 email: [email protected] Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Macarthur-Magic-Special-Needs-Football-Club

MDTR KINGZ RANGERS Club: The Kingz are a special little club that provides opportunities for those who seek & deserve a better

share of ‘normaility’ in their lives. As a group of boys, girls, men & women of varying ages & abilities that share something in common with all of us, football is their sport of choice.

Contact: Kelly Fishburn email: [email protected] Website: www.mtdrutttownrangers.org.au


special needs football an opportunity for people with a disability or special needs to enjoy football! NEPEAN SOCCER DRAGONS Club: Nepean Soccer Dragons is an initiative started to provide the opportunity for children and young people with special needs to play football in a non- stressful environment. Our program is adjusted for players who cannot participate in a mainstream team because they have a physical disability, intellectual disability, Autism, language delay etc.

play: Jamison Park, Corner Jamison & York Roads, Penrith contact: Sharon Slender 0438 742 534 email: [email protected] website: www.nepeansoccer.com.au

POWER FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA (NSW) – Powerchair Club: Powerchair football is one of the fastest growing sports for powered wheelchair users

around the globe. A competitive, challenging team game, powerchair football combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself.

Contact: Matt Cross Website: www.facebook.com/APFAI

SNAPP A ROOS Club: Special Needs Ability Program Providers – SNAPP in partnership with Southern Districts Soccer

Football Association – SDSFA provide an adaptive and inclusive soccer program for children with special needs aged 5 to 18 years. Teams are grouped by ability with an emphasis on participation and fun.

play: Ernie Smith Reserve, Kelso Park, Moorebank. Every Saturday during the football season contact: Lucy Reggio 0419 698 157 email: [email protected]

ST. IVES FOOTBALL CLUB Club: The St. Ives Soccer program began in 2004 and continues to reach beyond the traditional

competitive games to offer children who could usually not play structured football the chance to get involved in sport. Aimed at children with autistic spectrum disorder and down syndrome, this program has proved to be a tremendous success.

contact: David Howard (02) 9402 5317 email: [email protected] website: www.stivesfootball.com.au video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni1GZdCzFpw

SUTHERLAND TITANS FOOTBALL CLUB Club: Titans FC provide football opportunities to players of all abilities. We focus on an integrated

football environment within the SSFA playing against mainstream opposition who have been educated on football4all and the focus on participation. We provide our players with the opportunity to be supported by trained buddies who help each player participate in the game to their full potential.

contact: Matt Brady 0432 003 298, Sarah Watson 0439 407 041 email: lmbrady13[email protected], [email protected] website: www.titansfc.com.au


special needs football an opportunity for people with a disability or special needs to enjoy football! WEST PENNANT HILLS CHERRYBROOK FOOTBALL CLUB – Dural Club: Special Needs Football for children with intellectual disabilities. Established in 2006 the Special Soccer program is designed to have children enjoy themselves, participate and enjoy the benefits of participating in a team sport environment. The program simulates a match played between two junior teams.

play: James Henty Park, Dural. Saturdays at 11am during the football season contact: Brendon Upson 0403 197 414 email: [email protected] website: www.wphcfc.net.au

WEST PYMBLE SOCCER CLUB Club: This program offers social football activities and gala days in conjunction with St Ives FC for special

needs players. The program is specifically for children with special needs aged 5-15, with the objective of creating a fun environment for young children to learn basic soccer skills.

Contact: Paul Phelan 0404 810 038 email: [email protected] Website: www.wpsc.asn.au

For more information about the Football4All Programs and Gala Day Contact Football NSW on 02 8814 4423 or email [email protected]