Victorian MPs Kicking Goals With Special Soccer School

Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams took to the soccer field in a friendship match between the Doveton Special Soccer School and some representatives of the Victorian Labor government, including the Treasurer of Victoria, Tim Pallas.

Seven MPs took part in a lively match at Waratah Reserve in Doveton on against a Doveton side that included three Australian Special Olympians.

Ms Williams together with the School’s Founder and Director, Juan Carlos Loyola OAM, organised the match as a celebration to coincide with the end of the school’s annual program, and as a way to raise awareness of the school’s valuable work.

The Doveton Special Soccer School gives opportunities to intellectually disabled children and adults across Victoria to play soccer, develop skills and make new friends. The School has been run tirelessly by Mr Loyola for over 24 years with the assistance of volunteers, parents and community support.

“The School is a credit to our local community. It ensures that people of all abilities have an opportunity to engage in physical activity, and benefit from the social rewards of playing team sport”, Ms Williams said.

The match ended 10-1 in favour of the DSSS, with both teams enjoying a BBQ and formal presentation following the match.