Giving players a sporting chance

Hammond Park Junior Football Club all abilities team members Barack Pratt, Ethan Evans, Josh Mischefski, Ayden Falzon, Baylee Pes, Jacob Mackenzie and Rosco House. Picture: Marcus Whisson d400945
Hammond Park Junior Football Club all abilities team members Barack Pratt, Ethan Evans, Josh Mischefski, Ayden Falzon, Baylee Pes, Jacob Mackenzie and Rosco House. Picture: Marcus Whisson d400945

The Hammond Park Junior Football Club was created five years ago to accommodate the area’s growth, but a new initiative is sure to spark interest from across Perth.

The All Abilities Hurricanes team is unique to Perth, removing the barriers for kids with special needs by giving them the same opportunities as every other child.

Club president Jason Burton said he was keen to see the team grow.

‘We already had a number of special needs kids at the club and they enjoyed it so much we thought, ‘why don’t we open it up?’. The team is small at this stage but we hope to get some more players down and in the future, organise some games with other teams,’ he said.

‘From the very first session the kids loved it and the parents are really appreciative because their kids are involved in an environment with no barriers.’

City of Cockburn inclusion officer Jason Hoggan said he was pleased with what the club was able to offer.

‘I think it’s a great initiative by the Hammond Park Junior Football Club to develop a pathway for children with disabilities to enter a local sporting team,’ he said.