Ben Watt was 20 years old when he lost control of his car on the way to trade school.
He skidded out and hit a tree, and recalls waking up at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he spent the next five weeks.
Ben was then transferred to the brain injury unit at Epworth Rehabilitation. He has spent the last two and a half years there, learning to walk again and reintegrating back into normal life.
Throughout his recovery, Ben has been involved with the Epworth-Collingwood Football Club program.
Now in its 11th year, the program engages long-term trauma rehabilitation patients and their families in socialisation and communication activities, and aims to act as a diversion for patients from their injuries and hospitalisation.
Collingwood defender Alan Toovey has been the player representative for the last three years. Alan regularly joins patients for rehabilitation sessions.
As part of the partnership, Collingwood provides patients and their families with match tickets and the opportunity to attend club training sessions.
Patients are also able to have therapy sessions at the Westpac Centre, Collingwood’s training facility.
Ben, an avid Magpies supporter, and Alan have forged a friendship over the last few years.
This video tells Ben’s journey through rehabilitation with Alan’s support.