All Abilities Resources
- We believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed; how to cope with success and disappointment; and it brings people together with a common goal.
- We believe that everyone should be able to participate in, compete safely and enjoy all aspects of our sport –whoever they are, whatever their role and whatever their background or ability. This extends to our staff, participants, members, volunteers and supporters.
- We are committed to ensuring all people in football have the opportunity to participate safely in all forms of the game, and feel welcome in the team and club environment, through creating clubs that will actively promote inclusion through the ‘Inclusive Club’ guidelines.
- We will strive to make these values a reality for all participants regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, race, nationality, ethnic background, or disability. We will work together, and individually, to keep the sport free of discrimination in all forms.
- We will make football a safe and welcome place for everyone and we will challenge unacceptable behaviour. We will ensure there are procedures in place so that complaints and concerns can be raised and addressed professionally and sensitively.
- We will encourage fair and equal opportunities in every aspect of football for those with a physical or intellectual disability who aspire to be a player, coach, administrator, referee or manager. We will work with our clubs and stakeholders to deliver welcoming and accessible venues and facilities for all our participants.
Resources for clubs and coaches
AAA Development Guidance for Clubs
Football Federation Victoria has created a simple and easy-to-read guide to assist clubs and associations with starting or growing an All Abilities or Disability-specific program. The guide is to be used in conjunction with other club and coach resources available, and also by talking to FFV. For more information about how to use the guide or if you have any questions, contact Sharon Wong, Project Development Coordinator - Diversity & Inclusion on 9474 1805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Play By The Rules
Established by the Australian Sports Commission, Play By The Rules is an online resource designed to assist local communities with making sport safe, fair and inclusive.
Inclusive Coaching Online Course: Free interactive online course aimed at helping community coaches understand inclusion, diversity & discrimination, understand the individual and how to modify your coaching practice.
Free Online Training - click here to register and complete free online training related to Child Protection, Harassment & Discrimination, Complaints Handling and Member Protection Information Officers.
Case Study: new participant with Disability. Click the link to view a practical example of how to support a new participant, seeking to start football at your local club.
Disability Inclusion Policy Template: For clubs to use.
Special Olympics Australia - Online Coaching Resource
SOA have developed an online resource called Improving Sport for People with a Disability. The course is full of engaging resources designed to help coaches and volunteers provide a safe, fun and inclusive sporting experience for participants using a range of videos, scenarios, interviews and small quizzes, the course will support you in building your knowledge of best coaching practice when working with participants with intellectual disabilities.
An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Special Olympics Australia have released a FREE online learning course called An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
This course provides an overview of ASD and explains some practical strategies that coaches, teachers, volunteers and anyone working with people on the autism spectrum can use to create safe, welcoming and engaging sporting programs. Most importantly though, the course provides an invaluable insight into the sporting experiences of people on the autism spectrum, told by people living with the condition themselves.
The Disability Resource - Be prepared
Developed by Latrobe University Lecturer Pam Kappelides, this website is designed for volunteers and staff who are involved or have never been involved in facilitating sport and recreation experiences for people with disabilities. The website can also be used for training programs, and would have the added benefit of being an ongoing resource and reference guide for volunteers and staff. There are numerous resources on the website from videos, training modules, PDFs, animations and clips to showcase inclusion. It also has a number of different languages for increased accessibility.
Scope - Disability Awareness Resources
Scope is a local disability provider who give people with a physical, intellectual or multiple disabilities and/or developmental delays opportunities to achieve their goals. They have plenty of resources to help you understand how to work with people with disabilities and can be a great resource to have to learn more about disabilities and connect you and your club or program to participants.
Blind Football Resources
Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria have produced these resources below to assist all sporting clubs with providing a fulfilling experience for people with a vision impairment.
Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria - Guiding a person with a vision impairment: click here to download
Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria - FAQ's and Tips for coaching people with a vision impairment: click here to download
Other Helpful Club Resources
Promoting Disability Inclusion in Sport - City of Darebin
Leading Clubs. The rules and tools for a more inclusive club - Sport & Recreation Victoria
Top 10 tips for sports clubs - click here for infographic - Inclusive Sport Design