Empowering inclusion in footy with WAAAFA

Published on 05 Sep 2023

APM have committed to supporting the WA All Abilities Football Association (WAAAFA) for a second year as the presenting sponsor of the WA State Teams.

In the upcoming months, the WAAAFA State teams will participate in two prestigious AFL events:

  • AFL Inclusion Carnival in Queensland (October 8th - 13th) Springfield Central

The Inclusion Carnival is for the most talented male footballers with an intellectual disability with representative teams from eight states and territories competing.

Teams are selected from the best talent from local inclusion leagues and academies.

WA will look to go one step further this year with a chance to win the coveted title of AFL National Inclusion Champion for the very first time.

  • Wheelchair AFL National Championship in Victoria (November 1st - 5th) Melbourne Netball Centre

The Wheelchair AFL National Championship is a stage where Australia's most talented wheelchair footballers can represent their state/territory against the best in the country. 

WAAAFA sent a team for the first-time last year and are looking to build from their experience learnt from their inaugural carnival.

Kicking goals off the field

This year APM Employment Services are joining forces with the Australian Football League (AFL) to support the delivery of these two National AFL Disability Inclusion Events as an event partner.

This is an expansion of APM’s partnership with Disability Sports Australia to deliver the Toyota AFL Wheelchair National Championships last year.

"We have seen first-hand the difference being part of a sporting team, competition and the associated community makes to people living with disability through APM’s long-time support of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Inclusive League" APM Group CEO Michael Anghie said.

“APM's partnership will assist in elevating the event for prospects as they progress in their footballing journey,” said Hayden Marchetto, Executive Officer at WAAAFA.

“We are thrilled to share this renewal announcement highlighting our ongoing commitment to inclusivity, empowerment, and the potential of people of all abilities.

As we enter the second year of partnership with the APM, we are taking a significant step toward reshaping the narrative of sports, ability, and community.

This shared vision has been the driving force behind our partnership with APM, an organisation that echoes our passion for inclusivity and stands as a pillar of support in our pursuit of transformative change.”

For more information about WAAAFA and the upcoming national events that the WA state teams are participating in, please visit All Abilities Footy.