As part of celebrations of the UN International Day of People with Disability, an introductory session of Balloon Football League will kick off in Winchelsea at The Globe Theatre.

Scope’s Balloon Football League (BFL) is a sport designed by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. It is a modified version of Australian Rules Football that is played on an indoor basketball court with players using either powered or manual wheelchairs.

The teams are supported by a valuable group of volunteers who assist the players by pushing them on court, umpiring and scoring the games.

‘BFL is a great sport for players of all abilities to play competitive sport, meet new people, engage in active lifestyles and become a part of the local community,’ said Scope CEO, Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald.

‘The local Surf Coast Shire community has always been incredibly supportive of BFL and we’ve had a competitive league going there for over two years now.

‘It can be difficult to participate in some sports for people living with disability. Scope hopes that we can continue to share BFL with the Surf Coast Shire community and enable people to find enjoyment in playing BFL and in maintaining an active lifestyle.’

According to a 2011 report by the Australian Sports Commission, 75% of persons living with disability wished to participate more in sports and active recreation.

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

The BFL Come and Try Day at The Globe Theatre in Winchelsea will be taking place on December 8th between 12pm – 2:30pm.

About Scope

Scope’s mission is to enable each person to live as an empowered and equal citizen.

We support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities and developmental delays to achieve their goals. Our mission is to enable each person to live as an empowered and equal citizen.

Across Victoria, Scope provides services to over 6,000 people with a disability across more than 100 service locations.

Scope also works with corporate and community organisations to improve inclusiveness for people with a disability.

Scope’s foundations stretch back to 1948, when a group of parents who wanted better lives and options for their children with disabilities established the Spastic Children’s Society of Victoria.

Scope acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

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