Wednesday 15th July, 2015 an extremely cold but lively Hensley Athletic Field became a fund raising ground with the Goals 4 Special Olympics Corporate Challenge 6 a side football.
The event itself was aimed at raising funds to help create awareness for Special Olympics Australia and to assist in its support of weekly sports programs in the community for people with an intellectual disability.
This was an event that saw the generosity within the football community come together, with ESFARB referees donating their time with all match fees donated to the worthy cause, for five hours of non stop officiating duties. The referees were worthy ambassadors for ESFA and the ESFA Referees Branch.
Apart from the Corporate teams entered in this challenge, an exhibition match between the Special Olympics football team and NSW Police FC was on display as the curtain raiser to the Final. While the Police put up a valiant effort, there was no stopping the future Olympians from winning this match!
A credit to our referees that in between the physical commitment of refereeing for five hours, there was still time (and energy) to join in the torch relay lap around Hensley in the spirit of the game and in respect to the cause.
For the record, the winning team on the night FourFourTwo who took on the team from Fox Sports, bore an uncanny resemblance to some of our AAM1 footballers seen on the park at Reg Bartley on Sundays.
We thank the referees their generosity of spirit and ask the greater football community if they wish to donate to this worthy cause, please do so by clicking HERE
Around half a million Australians have an intellectual disability whether it is Autism, Down Syndrome, Asperger's or Cerebral Palsy.