Coach puts equal­ity on ta­ble

Maroochy club lev­els play­ing field

Maroochy Weekly - - SPORT - An­nie Caughey An­nie.Caughey@sc­

FOOT­BALL: Andy Pryce is pas­sion­ate about shak­ing up the cul­ture and im­prov­ing the at­mos­phere for women in foot­ball on the Sun­shine Coast.

Af­ter 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence coach­ing men’s foot­ball, with six of those be­ing at the Ma­roochy­dore Swans, Pryce said the equal­ity be­tween the two leagues was gravely un­bal­anced.

“We need to move for­ward. I just don’t agree with what they miss out on and what they aren’t en­ti­tled to,” he said.

“Com­pared to men, they get noth­ing.”

Pryce is push­ing lo­cal bod­ies such as Sun­shine Coast Foot­ball and Foot­ball Queens­land to bring in eq­ui­table pa­ram­e­ters when it comes to the ad­min­is­tra­tive and so­cial func­tions of the league.

He said he wants sim­i­lar prac­tices that al­ready take prece­dence in the men’s league to be in­tro­duced and also en­cour­aged for their fe­male coun­ter­parts.

“The men af­ter their game, when they fin­ish, they all go to the club­house and they get food sup­plied by the club,” he said.

“We never had that.”

In the few short months since he has taken over as head coach, Pryce has al­ready im­ple­mented post-game so­cial gath­er­ings, half-time food sup­plies and has also re­quested a big­ger bud­get.

He said the Ma­roochy­dore Foot­ball Club has been sup­port­ing his move­ment 100 per cent.

An­other cul­tural change he wants to see con­cerns the split be­tween the women’s teams play­ing at dif­fer­ent venues and times.

Cur­rently the di­vi­sion one and two teams train to­gether, sim­i­lar to that of the men’s. How­ever, on game day they are sent to dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble for the teams to es­tab­lish a strong rap­port.

“It’s an at­mos­phere, you can see it in the men’s league, both teams are there and they can lend play­ers be­tween the two and there’s al­ways a crowd be­cause one team will watch the other,” Pryce said.


CHICKS SCORE: Fe­male pre­mier play­ers from the Ma­roochy­dore Swans ben­e­fit from coach Andy Pryce’s pas­sion to im­prove women’s league.

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