Football Queensland supports the Brisbane Paralympic Football Program (BPFP) as the state’s endorsed Inclusive Football Provider.
Originally launched in 2006, the Program encourages young people with a disability to get physically and socially active through football.
Over 100 participants are now guided by the direction of Founder and Head Coach Jay Larkins and his team of assistant coaches, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. BPFP’s holistic approach embraces families in its aims to build supportive networks and help foster motivation.
With ambassadors such as Brisbane Roar’s Thomas Broich, Westfield Matildas defender Brooke Spence and PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland star Jess Dillon backing the benefits of the Program, Jay is planning to expand further across Queensland in 2016 to broaden BPFP’s reach.
As an endorsed Provider, BPFP players are eligible to be insured under Football Federation Australia’s National Insurance Programme.
For more information about the Program, contact Jay Larkins on 0411 134 531 or firstname.lastname@example.org
QUEENSLAND STATE PARALYMPIC TEAM
In addition to welcoming complete newcomers, the Brisbane Paralympic Football Program also serves as a platform for the Queensland State Paralympic Football Team.
The team competes on a yearly basis at the National Paralympic 7-A-Side Football Championships against opposition states. Five members from the 2015 squad – Jarrod Larkins-Law, Angus MacGregor, Robbie Christie, Jamie Paulsen and Jared Eiby – have appeared for the Pararoos, the Australian national team.
Queensland is coached by Jay Larkins and last year reached the Final of the National Championships in Coffs Harbour.
Representing Queensland in the State Paralympic Football Team puts players in the frame for a call-up to the Pararoos, who compete in the Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships as a Paralympic Games qualifier.