The support for one of Melbourne’s most loved football competitions has been strengthened, with WISE Employment securing the naming rights of the Victorian FIDA Football League Metro Conference.
Unveiling the partnership at the 2018 Victorian FIDA Football League Season Launch -organised by the FIDA (Football Integration Development Association) Committee on Sunday- the new partnership will encourage people with a disability to play Australian Football and assist them to find employment across the state.
Governed by AFL Victoria, the Victorian FIDA Football League (VFFL) exists to provide Victorians with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in Australian Rules Football at a competitive level.
Open to males and females aged 14 years and over, the Victorian FIDA Football League will include four metropolitan divisions and two regional conferences across Victoria.
WISE Employment Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Lambelle, said the not-for-profit employment agency was proud to be sponsoring the Victorian FIDA Football League Metro Conference for 2018.
“WISE Employment has been providing support and opportunities for meaningful employment to job seekers with a disability for over 25 years,” he said.
“We see in our work every day that engagement with peers and a sense of belonging are vital to developing self-esteem and confidence in our job seekers, and therefore see a fantastic synergy between WISE Employment and the Victorian FIDA Football League.
“We look forward to being a part of the league, and wish all the players and teams the best of luck for the upcoming season.”
The Victorian FIDA Football League Metro Conference will kick off on Sunday April 8, while regional Victoria’s Western Conference will commence on April 18 followed by the Northern Conference on May 20.