Bayswa­ter broad­ens player base

Eastern Reporter - - Sport -

BAYSWA­TER Foot­ball Club has launched its first in­te­grated foot­ball pro­gram in a bid to en­sure all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity get the chance to play foot­ball.

The club will join nine other clubs in the 2018 WA Am­a­teur Foot­ball League (WAAFL) In­te­grated Foot­ball sea­son.

In­te­grated foot­ball caters for play­ers with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties aged from 16 to 55.

Bayswa­ter in­te­grated foot­ball coach Lexi Leonard said he had about six in­te­grated play­ers who had joined the club so far.

“We no­ticed that there had not been a team in the area or the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

Leonard said there was a fo­cus on mak­ing Bayswa­ter a “com­mu­nity club”.

“A lot of the time we have ad­dressed 18 to 40-year-old men’s needs as one part of the com­mu­nity but we want to make sure we can help as many play­ers as we can,” he said.

“We had a few play­ers at the club al­ready who would be play­ing in­te­grated and that was sort of a driver.

“We wanted to make sure that if num­bers were good in re­serves, peo­ple were not miss­ing out and we’d have a game of foot­ball for ev­ery­one.”

Leonard said he hoped to re­cruit at least 20 com­mit­ted play­ers by Jan­uary-Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Email lexi.leonard@hot­mail. com.

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