Toby is a passionate football fan and barracks for his favourite team, the Wests Tigers. During last week’s NRL Inclusion Round match between Wests Tigers and the Cowboys, Toby, who lives with a mild intellectual disability, did more than just sit on the sidelines. He was part of the action.
Enjoying the Benefits of The Afford Lifestyle
Toby lives in an Afford home in Penrith in Sydney’s West. He loves footy and plays a modified game of football every Sunday as part of Try Time, which caters for players with special needs and intellectual disability.
When Toby was asked to be part of the Wests Tigers’ Guard of Honour for the Inclusion Round, he was excited. When he was asked to help out in the corporate hospitality suites and match day engagements, he was so thrilled, he left the whole day free to prepare.
Toby’s involvement in the Inclusion Round match is part of Afford’s partnership with Wests Tigers to promote inclusivity for people of all abilities.
The Inclusion Round is held to ensure that people of all abilities and backgrounds feel welcome, included and empowered by the game of rugby league.
Meeting Heroes and Realising Dreams
As part of the Inclusion Round, 20 Afford clients also went only the field during warm up. They also then created a guard of honour for the teams running onto the field.
All the clients were excited to watch the game and be involved as well. Brett was part of the action and helped at the merchandise stand, selling jerseys and hats.
It was a great atmosphere at Leichhardt Oval. Everyone had dinner before the game started. Then they met with the Tigers players, who assisted everyone to get onto the field to watch the players warm up before the game.
With the music playing over the sounds system, some Affordians felt the game day vibe and started dancing!
After warm up, Afford clients and staff made the guard of honour for the teams running out. Everyone was so excited about seeing the players up close and being involved in the action.
Afford Goes Above and Beyond for Clients
Opportunities like these don’t just happen. There is a lot of coordination going on behind the scenes at Afford that creates these opportunities for clients to enjoy new life experiences.
Life with Afford is about learning, growing and having fun! So, we make every effort to ensure that everyone in the Afford community gets the chance to get the most out of life.