Helping people with a disability to lead happier more active lives.
Collingwood is proud to be a foundation team in the Robert Rose Foundation Wheelchair Football League (VWFL) and even prouder to be the reigning Premiers!
The VWFL is designed to provide sporting opportunity for Victorians with a physical disability. Five AFL teams are represented – Collingwood, Hawthorn, Essendon, St Kilda and Richmond.
Collingwood partners with Disability Sport Victoria, AFL Victoria and the Robert Rose Foundation to operate the team and deliver associated initiatives.
Collingwood’s wheelchair team forward Richard Amon, who doubles as the CEO of Disability Sport and Recreation says, “We’re seeing people living their dreams and being able to become active, who haven’t been active for a long time.”
“The sport also provides a strong message to the broader community that this is what’s possible for people with disabilities. We’re changing people’s perceptions and we’re changing people’s attitudes.”
Collingwood remained undefeated throughout the first season of VFLW in 2018 and were too strong for Richmond in an exciting Grand Final.
Captain Brendan Stroud said “To come away with the first Collingwood Football Club wheelchair premiership is absolutely fantastic.”
The Robert Rose Foundation is named in honour of former Magpie and famous sporting star Robert Rose, who became a quadriplegic following a car accident in 1974.
Robert was the son of Bob Rose, who is one of the most famous Collingwood footballers and coaches of all time.
The Rose family is synonymous with the Collingwood story. Bob Rose was one of four brothers to play at Victoria Park.