In 2011 the Perth Football League (Formally Western Australian Amateur Football League) was entrusted as the host body of Integrated Football. The Perth Football League's community orientated ethos encouraged the inclusion and participation of athletes with an intellectual disability in an Australian Football competition.
The most important factors related to taking part in this football competition are the social, emotional and personal growth associated with being part of a team and general enjoyment of being part of something. The experience of football is overwhelmingly positive.
The Perth Football League Integrated Competition is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity, teaching individuals how to strive and succeed; how to cope with success and disappointment; and it brings people together with a common goal.
We are committed to ensuring all people in football can participate safely in all forms of the game, and feel welcome in the team and club environment, through Perth Football League clubs that will actively promote inclusion through inclusiveness. We will work with our clubs and stakeholders to deliver welcoming and accessible venues and facilities for all our participants.
The competition provides participants the same physical, mental and social benefits as those who are not intellectually disabled. We believe it offers many benefits to the individuals, their parents and non-disabled athletes. The value of this inclusive competition is explored in terms of the connection they provide among and between individuals with intellectual disabilities, their families and the surrounding community.
In 2019 we have ten teams from nine clubs competing in a 13-week season, giving 260 intellectually disabled athletes an opportunity to participate in football. This year we welcome the Mandurah Mustangs to the competition.
We welcome all our players, families and our teams who make up the competition from Fremantle CBC, Coolbinia, High Wycombe, Kingsway, Mandurah, North Beach, Warnbro Swans, Wembley and Willetton. We wish you all the best for the 2019 Perth Football League Integrated season.
Round 1 – Saturday 13 April.
Curtain Raiser – Sunday 19 April.
On Sunday 19 April, Fifty Integrated players will be given the opportunity to play on Optus Stadium as a curtain raiser to the Good Friday AFL clash between West Coast Eagles and Port Adelaide. The curtain raiser is an annual event in the Integrated program and one which all players look forward to.
AFL National Inclusion Carnival - July
The State Integrated Team supported by Community TAB will once again compete at the AFL National Inclusion Carnival. The week-long event held in Blacktown NSW in July, will kick off with a lightning carnival before culminating with finals. Last year WA won the Pool B division defeating Northern Territory by 14 points, giving them their best finish at an AFL National Inclusion Carnival.