Integrated Football has 200 registered participants and is becoming a vibrant, sustainable community program underpinned by the clubs that field teams and support the program.
In 2017 seven teams, Coolbinia West Perth, Kingsway, High Wycombe, Warnbro Swans, Wembley and Fremantle CBC Green and Gold played twelve home and away fixtures throughout the season. Both Willetton and North Beach also established programs at their clubs and commenced building a base and undertook training sessions.
This Season has proven to be the most successful. A restructuring of fixtures saw a more even spread of results with High Wycombe finishing the season as minor premiers.
Our High-Performance Academy once again took to Robinson Reserve with nominations from clubs seeing over 25 players take part in the ten-week training period. Jamie Wynne and Dave Wright provided the high-level coaching supported by Amy Fuller from Netball WA who have established their own Inclusion Program.
This year the WAAFL were very pleased to announce WA would participate at the 2017 AFL National Inclusion Carnival on the Gold Coast. The journey began for players, volunteers and staff as we prepared and planned for this event that for many was a dream come true.
WA selected a team of sixteen players supported by Jamie Wynne and Dave Wright in coaching roles, Amy from Netball WA as our Team Runner, Heather Timms a long time integrated advocate and volunteer, Tayla Lewis as Team Physio as well as Natalie Couch, David Armstrong and Greg Gilbee.
The Carnival lived up to the expectation with glorious weather as well. The team had a marvelous experience not only playing for their state but to experience the sights and sounds of the Gold Coast including trips to Movie World, Sea World and Metricon Stadium.
WA finished in Pool B playing a minor final against the Northern Territory which we won comprehensively. WA players Fillip Ranieri and Raphael Gould from the Fremantle CBC AFC also received All Australian selection.
Fillip and Raphael demonstrated skills, abilities and behaviours deserving of their selection throughout the carnival. Congratulations to everyone involved in what was a wonderful life changing experience.
On Saturday 12 August, the West Coast Eagles Football Club welcomed Integrated Football to Domain Stadium in what was our final Curtain Raiser at the venue. Fifty Integrated players received the opportunity to play before the WCE v Carlton game. In what is always a program highlight and one all players and volunteers look forward to.
A special thank you to Community TAB who have shown a great support for Integrated Football this season. Community TAB sponsored the State Team as well as providing assistance to the Wembley Football Club.
Integrated Football is in a very good space receiving tremendous community support and is recognised for the positive impact it has on the participants. The WAAFL recognises the dedication, commitment and support by all volunteers at WAAFL club level and encourages more clubs to have a closer look at the program and to get along and enjoy a game, you will be pleased you did.
For more information on Integrated Football please contact:
Integrated Football Co-ordinator
Western Australian Amateur Football League Inc
D: 08 9287 5500 | T: 08 9381 5599 | M: 0419 934 382