The Ringwood Spiders is a football team for people with disabilities and is based at Jubilee Park, where they share facilities with the Ringwood Redbacks. The Spiders compete within the Football Integration Development Association League and will be entering two teams into the competition this year.
Ex-footballer Nathan Thompson was the guest speaker and discussed depression and its affects. Nathan spoke about his own experiences and how it is important to be proactive in seeking support when experiencing depression. Members of the Spiders have had their own experience with depression and it was encouraging to hear from someone who has had own first-hand experience with depression and its symptoms.
Tonight’s evening also reflected on last year’s on-field success, where the Spiders won the Premiership flag and the players are enthusiastic about the year ahead. The Ringwood Spiders Cheerleading Squad is also returning and provides opportunities for people who are unable to play football to still get involved in the team.
The Ringwood Spiders also launched their new website which is available at www.ringwoodspiders.com.