South Bendigo players support members of the Bendigo FIDA team. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

SOUTH Bendigo Football Netball Club has partnered with the Football Integration Development Association Football League to support the
development of a new Bendigo club.

FIDA is an AFL league for people with intellectual disabilities that aims to promote a welcoming, inclusive, and fun environment for its participants.

The Bendigo FIDA team partnered with a new auspice club for the 2019 season, South Bendigo Football Netball Club to become the Bendigo Suns, and will soon proudly wear the South Bendigo colours.

To ease the financial burden that some families can experience when caring for a family member with an intellectual disability, South Bendigo FN Club generously
offered the Bendigo Suns 100 memberships for themselves, their family, and their friends, to
actively encourage diversity in the life of the club.

South Bendigo FN Club also pioneered a Boot Drive, donating second-hand football boots to the Bendigo Suns participants who needed them.

Furthermore, some of the club’s senior members have helped train the Suns before the CVGT Australia Northern Conferences, in which five Victorian teams engage in a round-robin tournament each month.

Tammy Manton, a member of the Bendigo Suns committee and a parent of two FIDA players said she appreciated how her sons have the opportunity to play a game that they love.

“If it wasn’t for the Bendigo Suns and FIDA, they wouldn’t have the opportunity as they could not play in a mainstream team,” she said.

Bendigo will host a FIDA carnival on Sunday, July 7, at the Epsom-Huntly Recreation Reserve. Entry is free.