AFL Central Victoria Football Development Manager Shane Koop says that he is excited for this competition to get underway.
“We are proud of the fact there is now an opportunity in Bendigo for people with a disability to play and learn the great game of AFL, we are confident this team will provide immense joy to the participants and their families.” Koop said.
“Statistics suggest 20% of Bendigo’s population have some form of disability, so it’s important we create a pathway for FIDA football within our community”. Koop said.
The Bendigo Dockers have formed a partnership with the Junior Dockers Football Club, which will provide the team with a training base and ability to connect with the many social benefits a football club provides.
“The Dockers Junior Football Club has been extremely proactive and supportive in this space, we thank Andrew Worme and his committee for taking a positive step forward and integrating the FIDA team within their junior club” Koop said.
Daniel Reid has been appointed as coach of the inaugural Bendigo Dockers FIDA team and is already seeing the benefits.
“I’m looking forward being part of this footy community. I am already seeing such great friendships form through training, which will only get stronger as the season goes on. This is a good move forward for Bendigo, we are bringing together people from all backgrounds and all abilities with the love of footy being our common interest.” Reid said.
The Bendigo Dockers will play in the FIDA Northern Conference, which consists of 5 teams - Wodonga, Echuca, Shepparton, Wangaratta and our very own Bendigo team.
The competition is played as a carnival at a central venue with each team hosting a round throughout the season. The first round kicks off on Sunday 20th May at Martin Park, Wodonga.
If you are interested in playing, Volunteering or sponsoring the newly formed Bendigo Dockers FIDA team please contact Daniel Reid (FIDA Coach & Intereach Contact) - 0409 327 449.
Please see below fixture:
WODONGA DATE SUNDAY, 20TH MAY 2018 VENUE MARTIN PARK, WODONGA
ECHUCA DATE SUNDAY, 3RD JUNE 2018 VENUE ECHUCA SOUTH REC RES, ECHUCA
SHEPPARTON DATE SUNDAY, 8TH JUNE 2018 VENUE KIALLA RECREATION RES, KIALLA
BENDIGO DATE SUNDAY, 29TH JULY 2018 VENUE TBC, BENDIGO
WANGARATTA DATE SUNDAY, 19TH AUGUST 2018 VENUE NORM MINNS OVAL, WANGARATTA