La Salle College kicking goals

25 May 2022

William Brenssell (pictured left), Lewis Collins (middle) and Jackson Foskett showcased their skill during the ANZAC Day round fixture.

Three La Salle College alumni have made their debut for Swan Districts Football Club in the Integrated League after participating in a WA All Abilities Football Association program that helps extend the sport to all budding players.

William Brenssell, Lewis Collins and Jackson Foskett showcased their AFL skills during the ANZAC Day round fixture in April.

As part of the Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network Sports and Fitness course, the 2021 Year 12 students were involved in Kickability sessions run by Hayden Marchetto from the WA All Abilities Football Association.

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”.

Being part of the Swan Districts Football Club and inaugural all abilities team is fantastic.”

William Brenssell, La Salle College alumni (2021)

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.

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