Coach puts equality on table
Maroochy club levels playing field
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.