The Football-Connect All Ability League was launched in 2011 after a successful come and try day and summer program in 2010.
The aim of Football-Connect is to provide football (soccer) playing opportunities for people with para and or intellectual disability, who are not interested in or may not yet be ready to play mainstream football.
The All Ability League runs in conjunction with the mainstream Junior League from April through to September yearly. Local football clubs have partnered with Football-Connect to ensure all players are linked with and play for a Canberra football club.
In 2017 the Football-Connect All Ability League has added an additional round of games on top of a four week pre-season/come and try period to more closely align with the Junior League competition.
In addition to the league Football-Connect has created pathway programs to assist players looking to go further with their football or transition from the All Ability League to the Junior and Senior mainstream leagues. Football-Connect has partnerships with both Special Olympics and Para Football to ensure players have the opportunity to try out for and participate in their events such as National and State tournaments, and program participants have gone on to play for the ParaRoos and represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Football-Connect also enters teams into the Athletes with a disability (AWD) division of Kanga Cup, providing players with the chance to play against other AWD teams from around Australia in a fun and friendly environment.
The Football-Conect team would like to welcome Banking Solutions for Football Fans as our official naming rights partner for 2017.
Sticking with tradition the 2016 season of Football-Connect kicked off in the rain, which seemed to be the theme for the remainder of the season. However the wet weather did not deter players as caoches and parents were witness to quality football matches and teamwork displays week in, week out. The Football-Connect league ran over 10 weekends and games were played at both Hawker Football Centre and local partner clubs (Belwest, Belsouth and Belnorth) home grounds. Football-Connect welcomed a number of new players to both the pre-season and the league this year, as well as farewelled a few existing players as they made the transition to junior/state league mainstream competitions. The Football-Connect coaches hope we can continue to increase the number of players registering for the league in 2017, and that player's continue learning and increasing the quality of football.
The Football-Connect pre-season training program commences Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am-10:30am at the Hawker Football Centre and everyone is welcome.
The objective of the Pre-Season program is to allow new players to be introduced to football, participate in fun training sessions with specialist coaches, learn new techniques and meet new friends. This also allows the players to be assessed so that they can be evenly distributed amongst the teams ready for the season launch at the end of May.
Pre-season training will run over four weekends.
The league will consist of eleven rounds from May 27 through to September 2 with a break after round five for the school holidays/Kanga Cup. Football-Connect will be entering teams in the Kanga Cup during the holidays, so players will have the chance to represent the ACT and compete in Australia's largest international youth football tournament in the southern hemisphere.
The Season launch and first round is scheduled for Saturday May 27th. Matches will be played at the Hawker Football Centre and local football club home grounds on Saturdays between 9-10:30am.
Dates: Saturdays May through to September
Location: Hawker Football Centre, Walhallow St Hawker
Cost: $40 Pre-Season only (four weeks), $70 All Ability League only (11 weeks) or $90 All Ability League and Pre-Season (15 weeks plus club presentation day).
Please Note: Changes will be made to the online registration in 2017. This year all participants will be registering through the online registration portal which is used by all our local football clubs. Please read the how to register guide carefully when registering which will walk you through the process step by step. If you have any issues when registering or require assistance please contact Ashleigh.Sykes@capitalfootball.com.au
Registration: Now OPEN, just click on the register now link below.
Football Connect individual player registrations are accepted online on an ongoing basis throughout the season. Click here for how to register for football connect . If you are interested in entering a whole team please let us know and we will register your team all at once.
This program is fully supported by Capital Football, participating clubs and the ACT Government.
For More information please contact Ashleigh Sykes, Capital Football Manager of Game Development 61757122