As part of the Wanderers ongoing support of Football 4 All, the Red & Black will be teaming up with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT to raise awareness of the leading provider of services for people with low vision or blindness.
Every year, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT help more than 4000 people live independent lives and it is important to Guide Dogs that public events and experiences, like sporting events, are easily accessible to people with low vision or blindness.
The Wanderers match this Saturday against Newcastle Jets will be raising awareness of the incredible work Guide Dogs NSW/ACT do in the Western Sydney region, encouraging children and adults with blindness or low vision to be involved in the game.
Prior to kick-off at Bankwest Stadium, children with low vision or blindness, using white canes will accompany Wanderers players onto the field and will be joined by orientation and mobility staff.
At Wanderland Avenue, there will be many fun and educational activities including a noise ball station and football drills with vision impairment goggles.
The Guide Dogs mascot will also join Sunny and Wesley Fox around the ground plus Guide Dogs’ 4-metre tall Guide Dog Gulliver will also be outside Gate F.
Western Sydney Wanderers fan Liz Wheeler said the relationship between Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and the Wanderers is important in raising awareness in the accessibility of Bankwest Stadium.
“My Dad is a massive Western Sydney Wanderers fan and I love nothing more than sharing his passion,” said Wheeler.
“When football runs in your DNA, blindness or low vision shouldn’t stop you from participating in the family tradition of throwing on the team colours, going to the stadium and cheering until you lose your voice!
“As a Wanderers supporter, I’m a regular to Bankwest Stadium and it’s great to know that my Guide Dog can help guide me all the way into the stadium to an accessible seat, where I can be fully immersed in the experience of the game.”
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Community Partnership Coordinator Georgia Cheyne said she was proud of Guide Dogs involvement in this weekend’s match.
“Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is excited to be teaming up with the Wanderers at their Football 4 All match this weekend
“It’s so important that sports and sporting events are inclusive and accessible to people with low vision or blindness. By working with the Western Sydney Wanderers, we hope to raise awareness of and funds for the services we provide to the Western Sydney community, so that people with low vision or blindness lead safe and independent lives.”