SWAN Districts Football Club’s first integrated team has kicked off countless electrifying clashes and are showing no signs of slowing down since forming in December last year.
After a nail-biting game attended by an enthusiastic crowd in Kingsway last month, the Mighty Black Ducks integrated team are set to take on High Wycombe this Saturday, June 11.
The team was designed to encourage the inclusion and participation of athletes with an intellectual disability to improve their physical and mental health.
For dedicated player Stephanie Pearson, the games offer much more than a chance to showcase her handpassing and kicking skills.
“It has been great socially, she has new friends, it provides good exercise and there is a team atmosphere,” Ms Pearson’s support worker Kim Vlahov said.
“Her confidence and athletic abilities like running have come so far and she enjoys it more than she thought.”
The Mighty Black Ducks train twice a week with one game on the weekend, allowing players to develop their sporting skills, maintain friendships and connections to the community.
“The Swan Districts Footy Club has really embraced our team,” player Mark Mcnair added.
The team have played three rounds at the Ron Jose Oval in Midvale, hosted by the City of Swan.
Club president Peter Hodyl thanked the City for backing the Mighty Black Ducks from its inception.
“The City has been extremely supportive and has welcomed us with open arms into their grounds,” Mr Hodyl said.
“Our first game at Ron Jose Oval was an incredible experience and we look forward to spending much more time there scoring unforgettable wins.”
Mayor David Lucas said the City was proud to host the three matches and offer an enjoyable day out for the whole community.
“We are just so happy to be a small part of WA football history, hosting this integrated team and we hope to do so on many more occasions into the future.”
By Morgan de Smidt