State Trustees Australia Foundation gets behind Scope Balloon Football League

Balloon Football League, a modified version of AFL for people with disability, to expand in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and schools with $25,000 grant

State Trustees Australia Foundation has allocated $25,000 to Scope to support the expansion of the Balloon Football League in the 2020 Community Inclusion grant round.

The grant will help Scope expand the highly successful Balloon Football League, a modified wheelchair-based version of the AFL. The project includes six Come ‘n’ Try sessions, a new northern suburbs league and expanded programs in special development schools.

State Trustees Australia Foundation has allocated more than a quarter of a million dollars in grant funding to eleven charities as part of the 2020 Community Inclusion grant round. This grant round builds on the $26 million distributed to charities by State Trustees Australia Foundation over the past 25 years.

“Scope’s Balloon Football, a modified version of AFL played on a basketball court using wheelchairs and a large balloon, is a fabulous way to encourage social participation. We are excited to be part of its expansion into new areas,” said Matt Carrick, CEO State Trustees.

“These grant rounds are possible thanks to the individuals and families who donated to the Foundation during their lifetime or as a gift in their will as well as generous company donations.”

“The generous grant provided by State Trustees Australia Foundation will enable Scope to expand its Balloon Football League and support school aged children and adults with disability to participate equally in community sport and recreation,” said Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO of Scope.

“The grant will support Scope to improve community awareness and enhance participation opportunities, thereby improving social connection and wellbeing for people with complex and multiple disabilities.”

Find more information on all the recipients in the 2020 Community Inclusion grant round here.