The All Abilities Program at South Melbourne FC was founded in 2018.
The program commenced as a collaborative effort between the club and Powerchair Sports Victoria (formerly the Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association). Under the guidance of then Football Director and now Club President Nicholas Maikousis and lead by powerchair footballer Craig Kilby with the club’s Media Manager Skip Fulton, the formation of the team provided the first opportunity for competitive powerchair football in Victoria.
The powerchair team would compete in the local Victorian league and in invitational events with a travelling team from South Australia. These efforts culminating in the team entering the Australian Club Championship and recording their first win on the national stage in just their first year in the sport.
In 2021 the club expanded the All Abilities Program through a strategic partnership with Australian Blind Football. Taking responsibility for blind and vision impaired teams in Melbourne, South Melbourne will provide oportunities to train and compete representing their club, Football Victoria and their country at the Paralympics.
The club is further growing the program with the introduction of a team to compete in the Football Victoria All Abilities League in 2021. This team is for anyone with a physical or intellectual disability.