More players, more teams, more excitement.
The second season of the Bedford Community League got off to a flying start last weekend, with registrations nearly doubling off the back of the success of last year’s inaugural inclusive football competition.
More than 60 players representing six teams took to the field for the first round of fixtures. Teams are set to play ten games before heading into finals, which will run into late November.
“It’s really exciting considering it has only been one year since we joined forces with Bedford to create South Australia’s first league for athletes with disability,” Football SA CEO Michael Carter said.
Bedford, One Culture and United Abilities have all returned for a second crack at the title, with United Abilities expanding to enter a second team, while Orana and Sturt Lions are both welcome inclusions for 2020.
An exciting new partnership between Sturt Lions Football Club and Bedford is a great progression for the competition, with other clubs expressing interest to be involved next season, aligning with the long-term vision for the league.
“For the first time, our Community Access Lifestyle clients joined forces with a respected, mainstream club. Furthermore, all their costs are subsidised by Bedford and provisions in their NDIS plans,” Bedford Executive Manager of Client Services Sam Hellams said.
While season two is still in its infancy, there have already been a number of stand-out performances.
“We hope this league continues to grow, bring people together and integrate into mainstream soccer clubs here in South Australia,” Sam Hellams said.
Players are also looking forward to the much-anticipated Bedford Community Tournament featuring the coveted Phoenix Cup, to be held later this year.