Do you want to play Football? Do you want to help out at your local Football club as a volunteer, a coach or referee? Do you, or someone you know live with a disability? More and more Victorian clubs are running programs for players with disabilities, and now is the time to get involved!
2017 All Abilities Football Participation Enquiry Form - complete this form for assistance with finding a club and program near you.
Please navigate to the program-specific pages via the buttons below, or scroll down this page to view a selection of programs available. For more information, contact Megan Smith, All Abilities Project Coordinator on 9474 1805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org about opportunities available for you or your club.
The ‘Football for Fun’ program at Barnstoneworth United Junior football Club in Williamstown is free and open to boys and girls from 6 to 15 years of age. No soccer experience is necessary to join in the fun, with the program focused on teaching balance, coordination and ball skills through a variety of games. Suitable for families, the program is flexible and there's no need to sign up for the season. Simply come along to a session and give football a go.
Phone: Mark Pilditch, 0421 050 436
Address: JT Gray Reserve, Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown
When: First 3 Saturdays in the month May - August. New participants are welcome to inquire about joining the program in 2017.
The Berwick City Soccer Club caters for boys and girls with a Disability, aged between 5 and 16 years. The club is proud of its community environment, and sessions will focus on creating a fun experience for all players, team work activities and building their football skills. Children of all abilities are welcome.
The club is passionate about Paralympic football, and in the future will be focused on creating a specific program for 7-a-side Football, which is for men and women with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries or stroke-related impairments. This will be the third program of its kind in Melbourne.
When: Thursday 11 May, weekly sessions during the football season
Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Fox Road Reserve, Narre Warren North
Cost: $190 for the season - includes a full player kit (shirt, shorts, socks, jacket and backpack)
Contact: Jo Clemens (0417 339 140) or Nicky Woodward (0438 521 503)
The Collingwood Junior Eagles program caters for children aged 8-18 with a physical and/or intellectual disability, autism and down syndrome. Junior Eagles players learn to play soccer in a safe, friendly and relaxed environment where the focus is on fun, skill development and participation.
When: Saturdays 9:30-11:00am from April 16th to August 6th
No sessions during Term 2 Holidays, ANZAC Holiday Weekend (23rd April) or Queen’s Birthday Weekend (11th June).
Where: Collingwood City FC, Bastow Oval, Kevin Bartlett Sporting and Recreation Complex, Richmond.
Cost: $100 for 12 week season – includes FFV registration, uniform, coaching, team trophy and photo.
Contact: Annette Hall on 0411 460 567 or email@example.com
Doncaster Rovers have partnered with Bendigo Banks’ Community Enterprise Foundation to provide soccer clinics for participants from Onemda.
When: Wednesdays from 10:30am-11:30am, commencing in February
Where: Doncaster Rovers SC, Andersons Park, 117 Andersons Creek Rd, Doncaster East
Cost: Free for Onemda participants
Contact: Linda Bamford on 0414 282 036 firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Doveton Special Soccer School is a great club for children and adults with disabilities, filled with enthusiastic volunteers who will assist you to be the best soccer player that you can be.
When: Sessions run from 10am-12pm on Saturdays starting February 13th 2016. Winter training runs from 1-3pm June to September.
Where: Waratah Reserve, corner of Doveton and Laurel Ave, Doveton, 3977
Cost: $10 per session
Contact: Juan Carlos Loyola on 0414 393 700 or email@example.com
Program: Access All Abilities (AAA) Futsal is a fun, safe, easy and inclusive program for boys and girls with Disability, aged 12 years and above. We are extremely fortunate to have a wonderful volunteer coach, Paul Schoe (Lara Soccer Club) who takes the weekly sessions. Each session includes warm up drills, skills, coaching and a game and it’s a great way to get active, meet new people and most importantly have some fun!
When: Saturdays, 10am-12pm - Term 3 dates to be confirmed soon.
Where: Beggs Stadium, Futsal Court 1, The Leisuretime Centre, 262-282 Anakie Road, Norlane
Cost: $50 registration per term, includes insurance
Contact: Tim Hunt, Leisure Networks - Program & Club Development Coordinator. Phone 5224 9136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Glen Eira All Abilities Football Program is a great way to enjoy the game, meet new people, get fit and have fun. Open to all abilities (physical and/or intellectual disabilities), all ages and all genders, this program includes training sessions and friendly matches. Come along for a free try-out session.
This program is endorsed and supported by the Glen Eira Junior Soccer Club, North Caulfield Maccabi JFC, The Reagan Milstein Foundation, Doveton Special Soccer School, Special Olympics Victoria, Disability Sport and Recreation and Football Federation Victoria.
When: Sessions run fortnightly on Sundays (from February – November), from 10-11am . See website for dates.
Where: Extreme Football Venue, Caulfield Park Sports Club, 280 Balaclava Road, Caulfield, VIC, 3162
Cost: First session free. Joining Fee is $30 per year. Participation Fee is $10 per session, paid by cash on the day.
Contact: Kevin Milstein on 0416 250 754 or email@example.com
Hampton Dolphins is a parent run soccer training club for children, teens and young adults with special needs. The Dolphins cater mainly for people with intellectual disabilities, as well as individuals with limited mobility. Unfortunately the venue is not wheelchair accessible.
When: Saturdays from 1:15pm, commencing in April
Where: Simpson Reserve, Fewster Road, 3188, Hampton, VIC
Contact: Contact Ian Spence on 9571 5492 or 0412 111 005, or Terry Baker on 9589 4800 (after hours) to register your interest and to get involved. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club in Broadford is creating a new All Abilities Soccer Program in 2017, which will specifically welcome children and teenagers of all abilities to play and develop their soccer skills in a supporting, welcoming and inclusive environment. The program is the first known All Abilities program in the region, and they are seeking expressions of interest from the local community to come and join the fun!
Tuesday 7th March onwards (weekly basis): 6.00 pm to 7.00pm
Saturday 11th March onwards (fortnightly basis): 10.00am to 11.00am
Where: Pinnigar Street, Broadford
Contact: Paul Sirianni, Ph: 0418 316 864 Email, email@example.com
Web Site: www.mitchellrangerssoccerclub.com.au
Blurb: The North City Wolves Football Club are a community football club focusing on bringing local people together to develop and focus on health and well-being through sport. A club based on family values, they provide a pathway for both men and women of all ages to enjoy football. The club welcome people of all abilities to be part of their growing teams, and recently started a football program for children with disabilities.
When: Wednesday night, from 6pm - 7.15pm - Monday 5th October to December 14th 2016. 2017 resume 1st of February.
Where: 123 Justin Ave, Glenroy - Wallace Reserve
Contact: Mick Mezzatesta, 0438 015 443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Northcote City Football Club offer a 7-a-side football development program that caters for people aged 10 years or older who have cerebral palsy, or have been affected by an acquired brain injury or stroke. Catering for beginners as well as seasoned football players, this program is currently the only certified 7-a-side football program in Victoria, with pathways to Paralympic competition.
When: Saturdays on a fortnightly basis from 10:00am – 11:30am, commencing 5th March 2016.
Where: John Cain Memorial Park, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury.
Cost: $290 (yearly club membership).
Contact: George Prapas, 0418 444 464, email@example.com
Participants with intellectual and physical disabilities take part in weekly training and monthly games. Watch this video of past FFV CEO Mitchell Murphy catching up with the team and Coach Anthony Risoli - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DOFbRf00pw.
When: Training is held 6pm Thursdays (commencing mid March) and a game is played every 4 weeks.
Where: Training at Hayes Park, 143 Flinders Street, Thornbury 3072. Game at DISC, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury 3072.
Contact: Frank Pizzo on 0400 015 850 firstname.lastname@example.org or Anthony Risoli on 0413 290 074
From December 2016 to January 2017, Plenty Valley Lions FC is running an All Abilities Soccer Clinic on Saturday's. Running for 6 weeks, the non-competitive program is for kids with Autism and caters for children aged 7-13. Players will learn how to play soccer in an inclusive, safe and friendly environment. Children will work on gross motor skills, participation, social skills and most importantly have fun!
When: Off-Season Program, expressions of interest can be submitted via email or phone. Program to start in September 2017
Where: Sycamore Reserve, Hawkes Drive, Mill Park
Cost: $120 per person (includes shirt, shorts, socks and ball)
Contact: Joe Mascaro, 0488 199 394 or please email email@example.com
Boys and girls aged between 6-15 years of age are invited to join a brand new 7-a-side football program at Point Cook Soccer Club, commencing in March 2017. Both experienced footballers and those new to football are welcome to come and give the program a go. Based on the Paralympic sport of 7-a-side Football, the program is specifically for children and teenagers with cerebral palsy, an acquired brain injury or living with symptoms resulting from a stroke.
Where: Point Cook Soccer Club - Saltwater Reserve, Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook
When: from March 2017
Enquiries: Chris Van Heer, 0418 581 091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ringwood City Soccer Club and Special Olympics Australia offer weekly training for individuals with disabilities of all ages, genders and skill levels. The sessions focus on having fun on the soccer pitch and offer a supportive environment for those trying the sport for the first time.
When: Saturdays from 1-2pm, Terms 2 and 3.
Where: Ringwood City Soccer Club, Jubilee Park, Reilly St, Ringwood.
Cost: First session free, ongoing membership $20/$30 (Junior/Senior) per year.
Contact: Fiona Fisher, 0423 378 607, email@example.com