South Melbourne FC All Abilities Football Program structure

All Abilities Football Overview

South Melbourne FC aims to present the most diverse and inclusive All Abilities Football program in Australia.

The club embraces the Football Victoria strategy of Football4All recognising that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity.

The All Abilities Football Program at South Melbourne FC is recognised as one of the five core football programs managed by the club. This page provides an overview of the All Abilities Football Program and how we support participation in various forms of the world game.

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All Abilities Football Latest News

You can read about all the activities of our All Abilities Page by visiting our the All Abilities Latest News page.

 

Tandem Building Group logo - All Abilities Football Program major partner

We are proud to have the Tandem Building Group as the major partner of our All Abilities Program. Tandem Building Group is committed to contributing to the communities in which it operates, now and for the future. They believe in doing business in a way that is fair, transparent and above all, safe and sustainable. Tandem’s people are key contributors outside of the Tandem world. Community support and participation is aligned to Tandem’s values and they seek to promote staff engagement via charities and non profit organisations, such as South Melbourne FC. You can find out more about the Tandem Building Group and their extensive residential and commercial development portfolio on the Tandem Building Group website.

 

 

Powerchair Football

All Abilities Football - South Melbourne FC Powerchair Footballer Chris Kessaris
Chris Kessaris – Powerchair Footballer for South Melbourne FC

Powerchair football is a modified version of football (soccer) for powerchair (electric wheelchair) users. It is played on a regulation basketball court using a 33cm ball. There are two teams of four players (including the goal keeper).

South Melbourne FC has two teams and we compete in the Victorian Powerchair League which is managed by Powerchair Sports Victoria. The club tracvels to compete in the Australian Club Championships in Sydney each year. The Victorian Powerchair League is running from February to June in 2021.

We welcome all ages, all genders and all abilities to join us. You can read more information about this program and how to participate on our Powerchair Football page. You can keep up-to-date with the teams activities on their Facebook page.

 

 

 

Blind Football

All Abilities Football -South Melbourne FC Blind Footballer Amir Abdi
Amir Abdi – Blind Footballer for South Melbourne FC and the Australian National Team

Blind Football (B1) is an internationally recognised sport played at the Paralympics. It is played outdoors by athletes who are totally blind (B1) on a 40m x 20m pitch with side kickboards and an audible ball. There are two teams of five; four outfield players and a goalkeeper. The outfield players wear eye-shades to equal their sight and the goalkeeper can be fully or partially sighted.

South Melbourne FC has a blind football team which trains and competes in the National Para 5’s series scheduled to be introduced in June 2021. Players also attend National Training Camps held four times a year to earn a place in the Australian Paralympic squad.

We welcome anyone who is blind, of all ages, all genders and all abilities to join us. You can read more information about this program and how to participate on our Blind Football page. You can keep up-to-date with the teams activities on their Facebook page.

 

Vision Impaired Football

All Abilities Football - South Melbourne FC Vision Impaired Footballer Steve Obeid
Steve Obeid – Vision Impaired Footballer for South Melbourne FC and the Austrlaian National Team

Partially sighted/vision impaired football (B2/B3) is played by athletes who are vision impaired with rules similar to futsal with particular attention towards ensuring equal light on the court and utilising a futsal ball that provides good contrast with the playing surface.

There is not currently a league for South Melbourne FC to compete in for vision impaired football. Our players train regularly to prepare themselves to represent Victoria in the Partially Sighted Futsal National Championships. Our players are eligible to compete in the Football Victoria All Abilities League and as such they also train and compete as members of the South Melbourne All Abilities team.

We welcome anyone who is vision impaired, of all ages, all genders and all abilities to join us. You can read more information about this program and how to participate on our Vision Impaired Football page. You can keep up-to-date with the teams activities on their Facebook page.

 

All Abilities Football

All Abilities Football is a modified version of the game specifically created to ensure everybody has the opportunity to play football, regardless of the age, gender, background or ability. The format and competition rules have been adjusted to ensure the All Abilities League is flexible, inclusive and accessible to perople living with a disability of all ages and abilities. Anyone living with a physical or intellectual is eligible to play socially or competitively.

South Melbourne FC will be aiming to form a team for the first time in 2021. The team will compete in the Football Victoria All Abilities League which is a semi-competitive format played 7-a-side on a half pitch. The All Abilities League will run from May to September in 2021.

We welcome anyone who has a physical or intellectual disability, of all ages, all genders and all abilities to join us. You can read more information about this program and how to participate on our All Abiliities Football page.

 

All Abilities Football History

All Abilities Football - South Melbourne FC Powerchair Footballer Craig Kilby
Craig Kilby, Founding President of the South Melbourne Powerchair Football Club

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.

 

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