Afford is again partnering with Hawthorn Football Club in Melbourne to launch an exciting new game of AFL Blind; allowing players who are blind, or vision impaired to participate in the game they love.
Afford Partnerships Create Opportunities for All Abilities
This is an amazing initiative which highlights that every person, of every ability, has the chance to live their dreams and achieve their goals with innovation and the right supports and opportunities.
Afford is proud to be supporting this new competition with the Hawks. At the AFL Blind Hawks team launch event, Afford provided players with an overview of the various supports available under the NDIS and emphasised the organisation’s commitment to being a partner for every individual to achieve their goals.
The AFL Blind competition has kicked off with a round robin tournament. Cebby Johnson is one of the players who has been a friend of the Hawks since sharing his Cyril Rioli obsession back in 2017.
In August last year, Cebby fell through a roof, tragically losing his eyesight – totally and permanently. A promising athlete in his youth, it seemed football was now out of the question. That was until 14-year-old was called into the Hawks’ team meeting by Alastair Clarkson and announced as Hawthorn’s first AFL Blind player.
How AFL Blind is Played
A game of AFL Blind looks and feels like traditional Australian football. Games are played indoors, which provides a controlled environment to allow players to utilise their hearing.
The football has a USB charging port and an electronic beeper inserted so that the players can track the ball using their hearing.
To help players identify the centre and location of the goals, there are flashing lights and high contrast backdrops hung behind the goals, as well as a Bluetooth speaker in-between the goal posts which is activated when players are in their scoring zone.
The players are categorised based on their level of vision impairment (B1 or B2), with different rules applying to players based on their classification. Players categorised as B1, will be all players who are completely blind and rely on other senses to participate. They will also be awarded additional points for scoring. B2 refers to players who have a vision impairment but use limited vision to compete.
Six players for each team are on the field at any one time (two forwards, two midfielders and two defenders).
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Afford is known for going beyond traditional disGoalability supports to ensure that every individual has the chance to let their talents and abilities soar! Partnering with inclusive organisations, such as the Hawks, will encourage greater inclusiveness and diversity in sport and the wider community.