Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is getting behind the Victorian Blind Football League (VBFL) this season becoming the competition’s first major sponsor. The league offers Victorians with blindness and low vision the opportunity to participate in the modified indoor competition, which includes flashing lights and a ball with electronic beepers to help players track it. The VBFL aims to provide an environment promoting fitness, fun, friendship and a sense of belonging for players, enhancing life skills, developing self-esteem, confidence and improved health. A total of 38 male and female players over the age of 14 will represent the Western Bulldogs, St Kilda, Essendon and Hawthorn football clubs during the nine-round season, kicking off this Saturday. ESV Commissioner and Chairperson Marnie Williams said the state’s independent energy regulator would provide $15,000 to back the league. “We are so proud to get behind the Victorian Blind Football League, helping support this fantastic avenue for the visually impaired community to get out, have fun and enjoy some team camaraderie,” Ms Williams said. “The VBFL is a wonderfully innovative way to ensure people with different abilities are able to enjoy the same opportunities as those without vision impairments. “We are looking forward to an entertaining season with players exhibiting teamwork and inclusion.” Head of AFL Victoria Brad Scott applauded ESV’s commitment to supporting inclusion and grassroots AFL football. “We are thrilled to have ESV extend its support of Victorian community football to the Victorian Blind Football League,” Mr Scott said. Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), in partnership with AFL Victoria, is also offering grassroots football and netball clubs grants of up to $1,000 to upgrade old and potentially dangerous gas and electrical equipment as part of its Safer Canteens program. Safer Canteens promotes broader energy safety and supports local, regional and suburban community sport – particularly following the impact of the coronavirus (COVID19) during the 2020 season. Read about how ESV supports community football in Victoria.
Reviewed 14 December 2022