2023 APM Inclusive League gears up for another successful season

By Edon Abbot

The APM SANFL Inclusive League is kicking off for another big season this weekend, changing lives for up to 170 adult males and their families through football.

SANFL Disability Programs Coordinator Nathan Pepper said the seven-club league for adult males with intellectual disability this season welcomes Athelstone FC and was shaping up to be a strong competition, with more players registered than ever before.

In addition to Kenilworth and Athelstone, clubs in the competition also include Christies Beach, Goodwood Saints, Kilburn, Salisbury and Tea Tree Gully.

“It was great to see many new faces at our season launch Lightning Carnival last Sunday and now we can’t wait for the season to get underway,” Nathan said.

“I would like to thank our clubs and their coaches, team managers and volunteers for making this competition possible and ensuring that it is safe, inclusive and fun for everyone involved.”

Nathan said that in a new initiative for the competition this year, the APM Sportsmanship of the Round Award will each week recognise a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the football field with ethical behaviour, fair play and integrity.

At the end of the season, the APM Sportsmanship of the Year Award will be rewarded to the overall winner.


Goodwood Saints and Kenilworth players during the lightning carnival at last weekend’s season launch day. Photo: Peter Argent.

Coach of reigning premiers Kenilworth Football Club Jordan Plumb said the competition was more than just about playing footy for the players and their families, creating a “sense of belonging” and an opportunity to be involved in a football club.

“It allows them to play the sport they love, but It also helps them develop social skills in a positive footy club environment,” Jordan said.

“It’s important that footy has no boundaries and that the game can be played by anyone. It generates excitement and meaning to their (the players) everyday life.

“The chance to create new friends and explore new opportunities is pivotal for their well-being and development.”


“It’s important that footy has no boundaries and that the game can be played by anyone. It generates excitement and meaning to their (the players) everyday life."

Jordan Plumb, Kenilworth FC coach

SANFL this week announced that APM Disability Services would continue as naming rights partner for season 2023 and beyond, ensuring future growth of the competition.

APM Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Anghie said APM was proud to partner with the SANFL Inclusive League.

“Football and football clubs are part of the fabric of Australian communities, and we have seen first-hand the difference being part of a sporting team, competition and the associated community makes to people living with disability,” Anghie said.

“Importantly, the APM Inclusive League not only offers competitive football to inclusive teams in a safe, fun and friendly environment, but has a focus on the personal development of players and their families, and social inclusion at community football clubs.”

APM SANFL Inclusive League matches are played every Saturday, with a 14-minor round fixture, culminating in a finals series in August.

Sign up to receive the latest SANFL news straight to your inbox.