Football is for all

Football fun: Members of the Special Needs Ability Program Providers (SNAPP) who are based out at Ireland Park in action on Sunday. Picture: Football NSW
Football fun: Members of the Special Needs Ability Program Providers (SNAPP) who are based out at Ireland Park in action on Sunday. Picture: Football NSW

Members of the Liverpool-based Special Needs Ability Program Providers (SNAPP) took part in the 10th anniversary of the Football4all Gala Day on Sunday.

More than 35 teams participated in small-sided games, off-field activities and lunch put together by NOVA Employment.

The day featured appearances from the Pararoos team and players from the Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners who handed out medals and showbags to participants.

Powerchair Football were also in attendance for the sixth successive year

Football NSW chief executive Stuart Hodge said the event has “lived long in the memory” for those involved since its introduction.

“The day itself has constantly been one of the showpiece events on the Football NSW calendar with the event growing yearly in both size and media coverage,” he said. “This year we saw well over 30 club programs across NSW participate alongside Capital Football’s ‘Football Connect’ on top of the 40 that have registered for the day.”

Mr Hodge said Football NSW is committed to supporting opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in football as players, coaches, referees or administrators.