Footy players are preparing for the first bouncedown of the APM SANFL Inclusive League this weekend.
The league returns on Saturday 14 May with six teams from South Australia taking to the ovals for the first of 14 rounds of inclusive Aussie Rules action.
APM Employment Services is returning as sponsor for the league made up of more than 150 players with an intellectual disability aged 15 and over.
The league offers regular, competitive football to inclusive teams in a safe, fun and friendly environment.
The focus is on the development of players and their social inclusion at community football clubs.
Now entering its fourth season under SANFL, the League will welcome two new clubs – Kilburn and Tea Tree Gully – making it a seven-team competition.
”It’s exciting to see the competition grow as each year we have new players giving footy a go,” SANFL Disability Programs Coordinator Nathan Pepper said.
”Seeing players develop and improve skills both on and off the field, as well as the way the footy clubs embrace them, is really special.
”The league offers regular, competitive football to inclusive teams in a safe, fun and friendly environment. The focus is on the development of players and their social inclusion at community football clubs.”
APM Group CEO Michael Anghie said APM was proud to continue its support for the SANFL Inclusive League.
“APM is a foundation supporter of the Inclusive League and we look forward to continue supporting this great initiative to give more people with disability a chance to get involved in sport to increase their fitness and social participation,” he said.
”Sport, and football in particular, is an important foundation of Australian society and brings all types of people together.”
Mr Anghie said people with disability are often excluded from community and social activities, and APM was pleased to continue supporting the league so everyone can have fun while establishing new friendships and connections.
Matches will be played on Saturdays throughout the season, with the finals series scheduled for late August.
Learn more about the SANFL Inclusive League and follow the teams at Play HQ SANFL Inclusive League.
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