Football NSW is once again throwing its support in what is an important date on the calendar as Friday, December 3 marks the ‘International Day of People with Disabilities’.
The 2021 year has thrown up a different theme celebrating the success of the thousands of footballers with disabilities playing the world game.
‘Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era’ is the official theme as we are celebrating the challenges, barriers and opportunities for people who live with disabilities, in the context of a global pandemic.
Since March 2020, every person on earth has been impacted by drastic political, social and economic change as a result of domestic and international responses to COVID-19.
This year, International Day of People with Disabilities should be used to recognise that people who live with disabilities are among the most affected populations amid the COVID pandemic. Where marginalisation, discrimination, vulnerability and exploitation are everyday factors for many people, the increased risk of poor outcomes have been magnified with the reduced access to routine health care and rehabilitation services, more pronounced social isolation, poorly tailored public health messaging, inadequately constructed mental health services, and a lack of emergency preparedness for people with special needs.
We call on domestic and international public health officials, political representatives, advocates, supporters, and every citizen in every community, to learn from the experiences of people living with disabilities during this pandemic, and push for more meaningful investments into the socioeconomic building blocks which will reduce the barriers faced by people with disabilities in every community on earth.
Football NSW is looking forward to celebrating with everyone once again when our annual Football4all Gala Day takes centre stage in 2022 so please ensure you mark down Sunday 26th June in your calendars as Valentine Sports Park comes alive celebrating our amazing footballers with a disability.