Do you want to experience blind AFL football? The sport has been specially adapted for people with low vision and is both exhilarating and fun.
For the very first time WA All Abilities Football Association (link opens in new window) has organised WA Blind AFL Football come and try sessions. Why not get involved?
- When? Sunday 20 and Sunday 27 June 2021
- Where? Dorrien Gardens, 3 Lawley Street, West Perth WA 6005
- Time? 10:00am – 12:00pm
- Cost? Free
- Who? Anyone with a vision impairment of any age
Want to participate? Email to reserve your place: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President of Blind Sports WA (link opens in new window) Brad Brider hopes to establish a blind AFL team to play in competitive games.
“AFL is part of our identity. Nothing else in Australia has such wide appeal. It’s a sport built on tradition and history. We’re the first state outside of Victoria to embrace Blind AFL, so come along and support it.”
Blind AFL football is very similar to traditional Australian Rules Football, with slight adaptions to rules and modifications to equipment. It’s a sport that goes back more than a hundred years and is one of the country’s most loved.
The football has an electronic beeper inserted inside it to produce a sound loud enough to help players to locate it. The ball used is a soft touch Sherrin hi visible yellow ball.
Goals have flashing lights behind each goal post and there is high contrast meshing behind the goalposts to make them highly visible to people with limited sight. Goal umpires shake their rattlers when the football enters the scoring zone.
Field umpires wear hi-vis vests to distinguish themselves to the players.