Published on August 30, 2016 5:24 pm

Special Schools prepare for first Herald Sun Shield clash

Anticipation is building ahead of the first ever Special Schools Herald Sun Shield, with a blockbuster Grand Final scheduled for Wednesday, August 31.

Representatives from the Northern Special Schools Sporting Association and the Southern Special Schools Sporting Association will go head-to-head for the inaugural Special Schools Herald Sun Shield.

The prestigious tournament has provided an opportunity for both male and female students to compete at a high level of football for close to 40 years, and for the first time will include a Special Schools division.

AFL Victoria FIDA Football and AAA Programs Manager Logan Whitaker said the introduction of the Special Schools Shield was an important step towards ensuring football remains accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

“The Special Schools Herald Sun Shield is a great opportunity to promote special schools football on a mainstream football stage, and it will bring everyone together as part of the AFL Victoria schools footy family,” he said.

“This year we have taken the steps to ensure the Special Schools Shield is on a premier level facility in front of a mainstream school crowd, and that these kids are treated the same as all school footballers in Victoria.”

The Special Schools Herald Sun Shield kicks off on Wednesday, August 31 from 10am at Trevor Barker Oval in Sandringham.

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