La Salle College kicking goals
25 May 2022
The WA All Abilities Football Association (WAAAFA) provides opportunities for people with a disability to participate in Australian football like every other Australian.
The Kickability program is specifically designed for students, aged between nine and 16, with various physical and intellectual impairments, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.
William said it was an incredible experience to be part of the Swan Districts Football Club.
“It was good to learn new skills through the Kickability program and have Hayden and his team come to La Salle and train us,” William said.
“Being part of the Swan Districts Football Club and inaugural all abilities team is fantastic. I have the chance to keep my football going and running out for the first game on the ANZAC weekend was amazing.
“Lots of people were cheering, family and friends were watching and John our coach was proud of us”.
William was awarded Player of the Match and Jackson and Lewis, affectionately known as Spider and Hulk, were keen contributors on the field.
WAAAFA says research shows that participants with an intellectual or physical disability can improve their independence, wellbeing, self-esteem, and life skills by being valued members of a local community club.