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Last weekend, Afford client, Greg, was chosen to have a very exclusive #1 fan experience as part of the Hawks Inclusion Match at Marvel Stadium.

Realise You Dreams and Meet Your Heroes

Greg is a passionate AFL fan and barracks for his favourite team, Hawthorn. The day before the game, Greg proudly wore his Hawks guernsey at the final training session for the Hawks at the Ricoh Centre in Mulgrave. He then got to meet the coach and get up close to some of his heroes while he took water to the players during training.

On match day, Greg had exclusive access to all that goes on behind the scenes before the game during warm-up and in the dressing rooms at Marvel Stadium.

Live the Life You Want Under the NDIS

Greg is supported by Afford to get involved in activities that he loves under the NDIS. He regularly attends Afford’s healthy lifestyles program, Club Afford, and has made great friends through this program. Greg has also barracked for his favourite team, the Hawks, during many Afford outings to the football throughout the season.

Greg’s involvement in the Hawks Inclusion Match is part of Afford’s partnership with Hawthorn to promote inclusivity for people of all abilities.

Afford, in partnership with Hawthorn, also established an Afford Sensory Friendly Space at Marvel Stadium for the Inclusion Match. The space allowed people of all abilities to take time out if or when they needed it throughout the Hawks v Suns match.

Afford Partnerships Benefit the Community

The Sensory Friendly Space featured both calming and stimulating zones. The room featured bean bags, air cushion, cuddle ball, comfortable seating, a lightwave floor, and activities such as colouring and putty. The AFL game could also be watched on separate TV screens with reduced noise.

For people in the stadium, an interpreter featured on the big screen. Afford also provided shuttle buses for wheelchair patrons to and from the game.

The Inclusion Match is held to ensure that people of all abilities and backgrounds feel welcome, included and empowered by the game of AFL.

Find out more about how Afford can empower you to live the life you want under the NDIS.