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Sydney football fans get your tiger stripes ready! Afford is once again partnering with the awesome Wests Tigers for the 2020 NRL season to encourage healthy lifestyles and inclusive communities.

Afford has is proactive in promoting a healthy lifestyle across all our services. Staying fit and active leads to a healthy body and mindset. Plus, it’s fun! Especially with the Wests Tigers!

As part of our partnership with Wests Tigers, clients attending Afford Day Programs across Sydney have the chance to get involved in the Wests Tigers Train Like a Tiger events.

The Wests Tigers Train Like A Tiger events offers people living with a disability the opportunity to come together, appreciate and celebrate each other’s differences by participating in modified rugby league activities with Wests Tigers.

Watch the Train Like a Tiger event in action.

The first event to take place, saw around 12 clients from Afford’s Campbelltown and Oran Park Day Programs participate in a range of football drills at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Everyone had the chance to develop their skills in tackling, passing, running and kicking. All attendees received new Wests Tigers hats to wear on the day – which offered great shade while they were enjoying the outdoors during training.

To support individuals with sensory sensitivity, Wests Tigers also erected a sensory tent which included a soft, fluffy blanket to sit on, beanbags and cushions, noise-cancelling headphones and some mindful colouring activities. This area provided all participants with the chance to take a break if they needed it and chill out to relax.

This sensory experience will now also be available during Wests Tigers home games. Sensory consideration is an important part of encouraging inclusive communities, where all footy fans can feel safe and comfortable to enjoy the game of rugby league in a way that suits their needs.

Afford is so excited to be again partnering with Wests Tigers to provide opportunities for individuals in our community to live happy, healthy lives. These opportunities also promote great social connections, friendship and, of course, fun!

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