Clubs and Programs for Players with Disabilities
Do you want to play Football? Do you want to help out at your local Football club as a volunteer, a coach or referee? Do you, or someone you know live with a disability? More and more Victorian clubs are running programs for players with disabilities, and now is the time to get involved! Fill out the Jotform below and we will get in contact with you.
The 2020 All Abilities Football season starts in May. Club Programs will start March/April. This page will continue to update as more programs start.
For more information, contact Sharon Wong, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator on 9474 1805 or email Sharon.Wong@footballvictoria.com.au about opportunities available for you or your club.
Clubs and Programs
Barnstoneworth United Junior Football Club
The ‘Football for Fun’ program at Barnstoneworth United Junior football Club in Williamstown is free and open to boys and girls from 6 to 15 years of age. No soccer experience is necessary to join in the fun, with the program focused on teaching balance, coordination and ball skills through a variety of games. Suitable for families, the program is flexible and there's no need to sign up for the season. Simply come along to a session and give football a go.
Phone: Mark Pilditch, 0421 050 436
Address: JT Gray Reserve, Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown
When: First 3 Saturdays in the month May - August. New participants are welcome to inquire about joining the program in 2017.
Berwick City Soccer Club
The Berwick City Soccer Club caters for boys and girls with a Disability, aged between 5 and 16 years. The club is proud of its community environment, and sessions will focus on creating a fun experience for all players, team work activities and building their football skills. Children of all abilities are welcome.
The club is passionate about Paralympic football, and in the future will be focused on creating a specific program for 7-a-side Football, which is for men and women with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries or stroke-related impairments. This will be the third program of its kind in Melbourne.
When: Thursdays, weekly sessions during the football season
Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Fox Road Reserve, Narre Warren North
Cost: To be advised - includes a full player kit (shirt, shorts, socks, jacket and backpack)
Contact: Jo Clemens (0417 339 140) or Nicky Woodward (0438 521 503)
Collingwood Junior Eagles Special Needs Soccer Program
The Collingwood Junior Eagles program caters for children aged 8-18 with a physical and/or intellectual disability, autism and down syndrome. Junior Eagles players learn to play soccer in a safe, friendly and relaxed environment where the focus is on fun, skill development and participation.
When: Saturdays 9:30-11:00am from April 16th to August 6th
No sessions during Term 2 Holidays, ANZAC Holiday Weekend (23rd April) or Queen’s Birthday Weekend (11th June).
Where: Collingwood City FC, Bastow Oval, Kevin Bartlett Sporting and Recreation Complex, Richmond.
Cost: $100 for 12 week season – includes FFV registration, uniform, coaching, team trophy and photo.
Contact: Annette Hall on 0411 460 567 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Doncaster Rovers Soccer Club – Onemda Clinics
Doncaster Rovers have partnered with Bendigo Banks’ Community Enterprise Foundation to provide soccer clinics for participants from Onemda, an organisation for adults with a disability. The Clinics are run by Linda and Richard from Doncaster Rovers Soccer Club and anyone wanting to volunteer please do contact Linda. Basic skills, drills followed by a friendly match occur every week throughout the year during the school terms.
When: Wednesdays from 10:30am-11:30am, commencing in February
Where: Doncaster Rovers SC, Andersons Park, 117 Andersons Creek Rd, Doncaster East
Cost: Free for Onemda participants
Contact: Linda Bamford on 0414 282 036 email@example.com
Doveton Special Soccer School Incorporated
Program: Doveton Special Soccer School is a great club for children and adults with disabilities, filled with enthusiastic volunteers who will assist you to be the best soccer player that you can be.
When: Sessions run from 10am-12pm on Saturdays starting February 13th 2016. Winter training runs from 1-3pm June to September.
Where: Waratah Reserve, corner of Doveton and Laurel Ave, Doveton, 3977
Cost: $10 per session
Contact: Juan Carlos Loyola on 0414 393 700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Geelong Access All Abilities Futsal
Program: Access All Abilities (AAA) Futsal is a fun, safe, easy and inclusive program for boys and girls with Disability, aged 12 years and above. We are extremely fortunate to have a wonderful volunteer coach, Paul Schoe (Lara Soccer Club) who takes the weekly sessions. Each session includes warm up drills, skills, coaching and a game and it’s a great way to get active, meet new people and most importantly have some fun!
When: Saturdays, 10am-11am
- Term 1 – 4 sessions (24th Feb – 24th Mar)
- Term 2 – 9 sessions (21st Apr – 23rd June)
- Term 3 – 9 sessions (21st July – 15th Sept)
- Term 4 – 9 sessions (13th Oct – 8th Dec)
Where: Beggs Stadium, Futsal Court 1, The Leisuretime Centre, 262-282 Anakie Road, Norlane
Cost: $50 registration per term, includes insurance
Contact: Tim Downes, Leisure Networks - Program & Club Development Coordinator. Phone 5224 9136 or email@example.com
Glen Eira All Abilities Football Program
The Glen Eira All Abilities Football Program is a great way to enjoy the game, meet new people, get fit and have fun. Open to all abilities (physical and/or intellectual disabilities), all ages and all genders, this program includes training sessions and friendly matches. Come along for a free try-out session.
This program is endorsed and supported by the Glen Eira Junior Soccer Club, North Caulfield Maccabi JFC, The Reagan Milstein Foundation, Doveton Special Soccer School, Special Olympics Victoria, Disability Sport and Recreation and Football Federation Victoria.
When: Sessions run fortnightly on Sundays (from February – November), from 10-11am . See website for dates.
Where: Extreme Football Venue, Caulfield Park Sports Club, 280 Balaclava Road, Caulfield, VIC, 3162
Cost: First session free. Joining Fee is $30 per year. Participation Fee is $10 per session, paid by cash on the day.
Contact: Kevin Milstein on 0416 250 754 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hampton Dolphins Football Club
Hampton Dolphins is a parent run soccer training club for children, teens and young adults with special needs. The Dolphins cater mainly for people with intellectual disabilities, as well as individuals with limited mobility. Unfortunately the venue is not wheelchair accessible.
When: Saturdays from 1:15pm, commencing in April
Where: Simpson Reserve, Fewster Road, 3188, Hampton, VIC
Contact: Contact Ian Spence on 0412 111 005, or Terry Baker on 9589 4800 (after hours) to register your interest and to get involved. Email email@example.com.
Hoppers Crossing SC
Soccer for Therapy: SNAPP is a Not for Profit Organisation dedicated to supporting children and families on the Autism Spectrum. We create our programs specifically to the needs of our kids, giving them the opportunity to create and grow in a team environment.
When: Saturdays from Term 2
Where: Hoppers Crossing Soccer Club (260 - 280 Hogans Road, Hoppers Crossing 3029)
Contact: Allison Gately Ph: 0400 810 088 Email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: www.snapp.org.au
Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club
Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club in Broadford is creating a new All Abilities Soccer Program in 2017, which will specifically welcome children and teenagers of all abilities to play and develop their soccer skills in a supporting, welcoming and inclusive environment. The program is the first known All Abilities program in the region, and they are seeking expressions of interest from the local community to come and join the fun!
Tuesday 7th March onwards (weekly basis): 6.00 pm to 7.00pm
Saturday 11th March onwards (fortnightly basis): 10.00am to 11.00am
Where: Pinnigar Street, Broadford
Contact: Paul Sirianni, Ph: 0418 316 864 Email, email@example.com
Web Site: www.mitchellrangerssoccerclub.com.au
Northcote City Football Club
Northcote City Football Club offer a 7-a-side football development program that caters for people aged 10 years or older who have cerebral palsy, or have been affected by an acquired brain injury or stroke. Catering for beginners as well as seasoned football players, this program is currently the only certified 7-a-side football program in Victoria, with pathways to Paralympic competition.
When: Saturdays on a fortnightly basis from 10:00am – 11:30am, commencing 5th March 2016.
Where: John Cain Memorial Park, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury.
Cost: $290 (yearly club membership).
Contact: Johnny Wrigley, 0415 192 586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Falcons Football Club
Participants with intellectual and physical disabilities take part in weekly training and monthly games. Watch this video of past FFV CEO Mitchell Murphy catching up with the team and Coach Anthony Risoli - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DOFbRf00pw.
When: Training is held 6pm Thursdays (commencing mid March) and a game is played every 4 weeks.
Where: Training at Hayes Park, 143 Flinders Street, Thornbury 3072. Game at DISC, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury 3072.
Contact: Frank Pizzo on 0400 015 850 email@example.com or Anthony Risoli on 0413 290 074
Ringwood City Soccer Club All Abilities Team
Ringwood City Soccer Club and Special Olympics Australia offer weekly training for individuals with disabilities of all ages, genders and skill levels. The sessions focus on having fun on the soccer pitch and offer a supportive environment for those trying the sport for the first time.
When: Saturdays from 1-2pm, Terms 2 and 3.
Where: Ringwood City Soccer Club, Jubilee Park, Reilly St, Ringwood.
Cost: First session free, ongoing membership $20/$30 (Junior/Senior) per year.
Contact: Fiona Fisher, 0423 378 607, firstname.lastname@example.org
Williamstown Soccer Club
Williamstown SC and SNAPP Autism Group deliver an ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off Program specifically for kids on the autism spectrum.
Last year the program was delivered for the first time, having 30 registrations of kids ages 3-11.
This year there are 17 registrations so far with another program commencing in July.
Where: Kororoit Creek Rd, Williamstown VIC 3016
Contact: Kris Gately, 0417 135 220, email@example.com