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WA footy scores points for accessibility

The siren has sounded on the WA Football League’s 2017 Count Me In Round, leaving a lasting impression that footy is for everyone.

Local football clubs competed across four Count Me In-themed games on 10 and 11 June to celebrate the importance of welcoming, accessible and inclusive community activities.

There was a variety of family-friendly entertainment on show to promote Count Me In, and people with disability, their families and friends received free entry to the games.

Teams from the integrated football program, for players older than 16 years with an intellectual disability, also featured at some of the games during half time.

Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson attended a match on 11 June, commenting in a Channel 7 interview that the round is a great reminder that sport and recreation must be accessible and inclusive to all.

“I’m very grateful that the (WA) Football Commission in particular realises that we should be spreading the message that football should be inclusive,” he said.

“It’s important to tell people with disability that regardless of their ability there’s plenty of opportunity in a football club to get involved.”

The Count Me In Round, now in its fourth year, is a partnership between the Disability Services Commission, WA Football Commission and Department of Sports and Recreation.