Bendigo FIDA Suns during training.

THE Bendigo FIDA Suns will host teams from across regional Victoria as part of this weekend’s carnival to be contested at the Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve.

The round-robin event features football teams for people with intellectual disabilities from Bendigo, Shepparton, Echuca, Wodonga and Wangaratta.

Established in 2018, the Bendigo Suns enjoy a close alignment with the South Bendigo Football Netball Club that includes the use of Harry Trott Oval for training.

The Victorian FIDA (Football Integration Development Association) Football League exists to provide Victorians with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in Australian Rules Football, at a competitive level.

Governed by AFL Victoria, the league provides an environment that promotes fitness, fun, friendship and a sense of belonging. Participating in Australian Rules Football
enhances life skills and develops self-esteem, confidence and improved health.

Organisers of Sunday’s carnival expect up to 300 people to attend, with the first game kicking off at 10am, and action continuing until 3pm.