In 2016 Integrated Football continued on its way delivering on two key fronts, Participation and Competition. Seven Teams, Coolbinia West Perth, High Wycombe, Kingsway, Wembley, Warnbro, and Fremantle CBC Gold and Green participated in regular fixtures with all teams playing a minimum of twelve home and away games.
Player registrations have now reached 190 with strong growth across all teams.
For a number of seasons, the West Coast Eagles Football Club extend a Curtain Raiser to the program providing just over fifty Integrated players the opportunity to play before a West Coast Eagles home game at Domain Stadium. In 2016 this was held on June 11 prior to the Eagles vs Adelaide game, enhanced by the appearance of Eagles Star Mitch Brown who has become a most welcome member of the Integrated Football Family providing support and coaching knowledge.
On Friday 29 July, our two All Australian nominees together with Program Coordinator Greg Gilbee flew to Canberra to play in the first ever All Australian All Abilities exhibition game at Manuka Oval. This was another first for Footballers with Intellectual Disabilities, it was a fantastic reward and opportunity for our WA Players who enjoyed and excelled in the match, David receiving the Coaches Award.
The High Performance Academy was set up in 2016 for aspiring players to build on their skills and abilities. Coached by 2015 State Integrated Coach Jamie Wynne with Dave Wright as his assistant.
The Academy is not just about improving playing skills, it is also providing whole of football education incorporating other aspects of the game, umpiring, coaching, volunteering, peer mentoring and respect.
On Saturday 6 August, Integrated Football was welcomed to the WAFL, where the High-Performance Academy played an exhibition game at Kingsway following the Subiaco v West Perth league match.
The 2016 season culminated with the Grand Final between Coolbinia West Perth and Kingsway on Sunday 4 September. A very competitive match between two highly skilled and determined teams ensured a tight finish. Coolbinia West Perth claimed the win by just three points to make it back to back premierships for the club. Coolbinia West Perth’s Lyndsy Ashworth was voted Best on Ground.
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