State-wide competition to kick off in Bendigo

SIX Balloon Football League teams from across Victoria will descend on Bendigo on Tuesday to compete in a state-wide competition. 

Teams from the north west of the state and southern metropolitan Melbourne will be travelling to city to take part in the games.

Balloon Football, which began about 16 years ago, is a sport that follows the game of Australian rules. 

The sport is supported by Scope, one of Victoria's largest providers of services to people with a disability.

It is a chance for people who live with a disability the chance to play a competitive sport. 

Games are played on an indoor basketball court with players using powered or manual wheelchairs. 

 “This state-wide competition is a fantastic opportunity for Balloon Football players to challenge teams from across Victoria," said SCOPE chief executive Jennifer Fitzgerald. 

"This is the first time that a statewide BFL event has been held in Bendigo.

"Everyone is really looking forward to pitting their skills against each other to see which team will be taking home the trophy."

The Bendigo teams competing in the competition will be wearing yellow jumpers which have been donated by local VFL team, the Bendigo Gold Football Club.

Sports Education Development Australia and Nazareth College students will be on hand to support the players. 

Some of the students will umpire and others will score during the games.  

The games will be played at the Bendigo Stadium on Marong Road between 11.30am and 1pm on Tuesday. 

City of Greater Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons will officially open the event.

Scope thanked the mayor for his continued support for people with a disability in the Bendigo community.

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