An All-Abilities Futsal competition for adults and children with disability, is being run by the Upper Hunter Shire Council for six weeks from the 6 May 2016.
The competition, as well as an awareness program around the participation in sport of people with disability, is being funded by a $5330 NSW Office of Sport and Recreation Disability Grant.
Futsal, also known as indoor soccer, will be played at the Scone Basketball Stadium in all weather conditions.
The cost is $10 per player for the whole six weeks. T-shirts are provided, shinpads are available to borrow and non-marking soled joggers are required. Join as an individual or put together a team of five.
Council’s Sports Participation Officer Nicky Western said the competition was open to people with a broad spectrum of disabilities.
“This is not just about physical challenges but vision impairment, autism, or any condition that makes you hesitant to take part in sports,” Ms Western said.
“The competition will be relaxed, social and a lot of fun.”
“There is an existing Futsal competition run by the Scone Soccer Club, and participants in the All-Abilities Futsal may feel they have enough experience to join that competition in the future.”
During 2016 there will also be information sessions on how to run all-inclusive sports activities.
The Wheelchair Sport NSW roadshow van and representatives of NSW Sport and Recreation will be giving talks to school children and anyone involved in sports, from amateur clubs to personal trainers, about how to run more inclusive sporting activities.
“Sport benefits everyone in the community, regardless of ability,” Ms Western said.
“People with disability generally have fewer opportunities to participate in sport than their able-bodied peers. Some clubs may think people with disability are unwilling or unable to be included; others may not be sure how to include them,” Ms Western said.
“I encourage anyone in the Upper Hunter involved in sport to come along to the presentations and learn some of the simple changes that can make your club more inclusive.”For more information contact Council’s Sports Participation Officer Nicky Western on 0414 806 074.
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.