Perth: Football West’s Equal Footingball bringing inclusiveness to the world game


Equal Footingball players (L-R) Emily Casella, Lynette Mins-Kinrade, Caden Sharp, Darren Reilly, Ben May with coach Sav Minutillo (background, 3rd left) enjoying the end of 2017 season carnival, putting another year of learning and improvement to use.
Equal Footingball players (L-R) Emily Casella, Lynette Mins-Kinrade, Caden Sharp, Darren Reilly, Ben May with coach Sav Minutillo (background, 3rd left) enjoying the end of 2017 season carnival, putting another year of learning and improvement to use.

REGISTRATIONS are open for the winter season of Football West’s inclusive league aimed at competitively disadvantaged players.

Equal Footingball provides an inclusive environment for people with a competitive disadvantage, such as a physical or intellectual disability, to get started in sport.

It is designed for players who may have difficulty playing a full-size game at full speed and no scores, goal scorers list or competition ladder is recorded.

There are currently seven clubs throughout the Perth metropolitan area that offer teams.

Football West inclusive participation officer Gordon Duus said the culture that developed among the participating clubs was like no other.

“It’s bringing back the sport to its genuine roots, cheering on opponents, getting to know other families and appreciating a lot of people involved in sport who have started out in different challenging positions and overcoming them,” he said.

“It’s an opportunity for anyone with disability or competitive disability to have a chance to play.

“People who didn’t realise they could participate in sport have an outlet which isn’t difficult for them to commence.”

Equal Footingball’s Perth clubs

Cockburn City Soccer Club, Beale Park, Spearwood

Kalamunda United FC, Maida Vale Reserve, Maida Vale

Lynwood United Football Club, Hossack Reserve, Parkwood

Peel RFC, Bortolo Park, Greenfields

Tuart Hill Junior SC, Woodchester Reserve, Nollamara

Western Knights Soccer Club, Davis Oval, Mosman Park

Whitford City FC, Warrandyte Park, Craigie