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With a career highlight of scoring 9 goals in the 2011 World Cup in Holland, Ben Roche received his first invitation to join the Pararoos at the age of 12 years. He went on to represent Australia for the first time at the 2005 Cerebral Palsy World Games in Connecticut, and co-founded the Victorian Paralympic Football Program, which now supports more than 30 footballers with disabilities. His All Abilities Football Program has now come to Suffolk Park.
With a career highlight of scoring 9 goals in the 2011 World Cup in Holland, Ben Roche received his first invitation to join the Pararoos at the age of 12 years. He went on to represent Australia for the first time at the 2005 Cerebral Palsy World Games in Connecticut, and co-founded the Victorian Paralympic Football Program, which now supports more than 30 footballers with disabilities. His All Abilities Football Program has now come to Suffolk Park.

Next year the Suffolk Park Football Club will be kicking off an exciting new program, the Northern Rivers All Abilities Football Program.

Headed up by Australian National Paralympic Football Team, Pararoos’ Ben Roche, the program is an opportunity for people of all abilities to come and have a kick.

Ben Roche started playing football at a very early age, despite his right side being affected by cerebral palsy. He faced many challenges as a young footballer, with many hours spent on the bench, and moving from club to club in order to find one that would support his development in the game. These challenges didn’t deter him from the game, and Ben is now the only Victorian representative in the Pararoos – the Australian National Paralympic Football Team.

Ben has now been playing football at a national level for nearly 15 years, and hopes to play for many more. He has become a voice for footballers with disabilities, and invests his time in mentoring many young athletes, and supporting the development of inclusive programs, including the Northern Rivers All Abilities Football Program.

The program aims to provide a welcoming environment for anyone with a disability who wants to be active and surrounded by fellow football fans. Whether it’s for fun, therapy or you want a career in paralympic football, this program is for you.

Run by Benny Roche from the Australian Paralympic football team (Pararoos) and an incredible group of volunteers, the sessions will focus on core skills involved and will help players progress.

Having set up programs across Australia and competed across the world, Benny has a huge passion and drive for helping individuals achieve what they set their minds to.

Football is for everyone and everyone’s welcome.

For more information please email [email protected] or contact Suffolk Park Football Club via Facebook (Suffolk Park FC).


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