When Chess Meets Football …
As many readers of our blog will know, the Crobs’ ethos is to cultivate community connection and reduce the prevalence of social isolation amongst Perth residents. Whilst we love bringing people together through chess, the Crobs’ team is also passionate about fostering a culture of greater inclusion to ensure people with disability feel kinship with their local community and to improve their accessibility to community activities and events.
Last December, Chris (Crobs’ founder) and Marsha (Crobs’ marketing manager) attended a Disability Awareness Week breakfast hosted by the Swan Districts Football Club that featured a forum on inclusiveness. When the floor opened to the attendees for comment, they suggested easily implementable and cost effective strategies the Swans could integrate into their organisational activity to become more inclusive club. Impressed by the strategies they presented, the C.E.O. of Swan Districts invited Chris and Marsha to join the club’s newly formed disability working group & advisory committee.
Since then, Chris and Marsha have strived to assist the Swans in achieving their vision of becoming a well connected, community-engaged club that improves social outcomes and wellbeing amongst the residents of the Swan Community (comprising the Cities of Bassendean, Swan, Mundaring, Kalamunda and Chittering) via the working group. Currently at the top of the committee’s agenda, is the execution of Swan Districts’ Count Me In Day, a home game that will pay homage to community members living with disability and promote the importance of disability inclusion. Featuring an integrated football match in the coveted pre-league game time slot; a Paralympian keynote speaker at the Swans’ Legends Luncheon; Catch Music; a VIP marquee, free sausage sizzle and soft drinks for attendees with disability and more, the Count Me In match is set to be an exciting, action-packed day.
The Swan Districts Disability Working Group is also appealing to every community member, all local businesses and associations to volunteer, sponsor, partner, donate goods and services – basically to help out in any capacity – to make the Swans’ Count Me In Day a hugely successful community event.
If you would like to offer assistance, please email Crobs email@example.com or contact Swan Districts on 9279 8700. All contributions, big or small, are greatly appreciated.
See you all at Steel Blue Oval!
Chris & the Crobs’ Team