The Story of Phillip Island Football Netball Club
The PIFNC competes within the West Gippsland Football Netball Club with both football and netball teams participating. The club prides itself on inclusion for all, with senior coach Beau Vernon using his lived experience of disability to help lead the way with the backing of his home club.
Beau saw an opportunity to engage the Gippsland and wider community, with the idea to host an All Abilities Day at their club featuring a morning tea meet and greet with their senior players, football and netball come and try sessions with club coaches and players. During the club’s Round 7 match Vs Dalyston there were fantastic outcomes for all involved.
All participants on the day received free footballs thanks to Footys4All, a Free PIFNC hoodies thanks to sponsorship from Interact Australia to assist with a sense of community club belonging and an open invitation to come along to any future trainings and matches.
PIFNC players, volunteers and coaches were engaged to support the day hosting the netball and football-based activities. These activities are a great way to increase awareness and understanding for people living with disabilities, and an opportunity to showcase what PwD can participate in and achieve.