Information for new FIDA players

Football Integration Development Association (FIDA) teams cater for all people with an intellectual disability regardless of ability.

Coburg Tigers Football Club is introducing a new team for the 2011 season.

There are approximately 16 teams playing in the Football Integration Development Association (FIDA), in a competition throughout Victoria.

The purpose of FIDA teams is to initiate access for people with disability to the game of Australian Rules football, to promote, develop, and manage a team relevant to the skill levels of each individual, and allowing them to become the best they can be by participating in a team sport.

Success for our new team will not necessarily be by games won, but by the progress of many players with coordination and body movement, and the confidence to achieve many life skills through integration with the general community.

Games are every second Sunday starting with practice matches on 3 April with season starting on Sunday 18 April with finals in August 2011.

Training is every Wednesday night at 4.00pm to 5.00pm at Highgate Reserve Grande Blvd Craigieburn (Melways 386 J3). You will need to make sure you are in comfortable clothes to train in. Shorts and light training shirts are advisable. Football boots or comfortable runners for foot wear. In the summer it’s a good idea to bring a drink with you and in the winter a warm jumper to wear before and after training. There is public transport available – Train to Craigieburn station and bus 535 from station to the Highgate Reserve.

You can be male or female and over the age of 14 years old.

Membership is $150 per year which includes:-

Ø  Membership to FIDA

Ø  Club Polo Top

Ø  Club Hat

Ø  Playing Shorts

Ø  Playing Socks

The Coburg Tigers will supply you with a playing jumper to be returned if you stop playing with the club.

For the 2011 season we have been lucky enough to secure funding from the Active Craigieburn Project (which is a partnership between Hume City Council and VicHealth). This will provide each player with a reduction of $50 from their membership in 2011. Players are also encouraged to seek sponsorship from a family member, family friend or external organisation for another $50 to assist them with covering the membership fee. For more information on tips for seeking sponsorship please contact Raeleene on the numbers below.

You will also need to obtain a pair of football boots.

If you would like to join this team, please fill in the attached registration form or contact one of the people listed below with any questions.

Come join Coburg Tigers in season 2011 – WE NEED YOU!

Contact Details:

Coburg Tigers Football Club – 9354 8228

Coach – John Haller – 0402 723 061

Coordinator - Raeleene Eldridge 0423 207 568