South Melbourne is leading the initiative for the establishment of a football tournament for the blind, from which the team that will represent Australia in the 2024 Paralympic Games will emerge.
A partnership between Australian Blind Football and Paralympics Australia will bring together the best blind footballers from around the country four times a year for national training camps. The camps, based in Melbourne, will feature players from four clubs, the largest of which is locals South Melbourne FC.
“Our aim is to offer the most diverse and inclusive All Abilities Football program in Australia. Our program embraces footballers of any age, any gender, any culture and any ability. The announcement of the National Para 5s Series will enable our blind footballers to play for and represent South Melbourne on the national stage” Papastergiadis said.
In addition of South Melbourne, part of this initiative are Olympic FC, Adelaide Comets and Perth SC.
The program is the result of a partnership between Australian Blind Football and Paralympics Australia.