The aim of Football Connect is to provide football 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 May 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.
The Football Connect team would like to welcome Summerland Football as our official naming rights partner for 2018.
The objective of the preseason program is to allow new and existing players to be introduced to football, participate in fun training sessions with our specialist coaches and meet new friends. It is run over four Saturdays usually between April-May.
The league will consist of eleven rounds from May through to September with a break for the school holidays and 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. 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). Registrations are done online through MyFootballClub
If you have any issues when registering or any questions about Football Connect please contact Ashleigh Sykes
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.