Even play­ing field

NEW­MAN Col­lege in Church­lands has launched a spe­cial­ist girls foot­ball pro­gram led by Fre­man­tle Dock­ers AFL Women's player Lisa Webb.

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FRE­MAN­TLE Dock­ers AFLW player Lisa Webb is en­cour­ag­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of girls to take up foot­ball.

The New­man Col­lege health and phys­i­cal education teacher heads up the school’s re­cently es­tab­lished spe­cial­ist girls foot­ball pro­gram. “There’s def­i­nitely a lot of in­ter­est,” she said. “It’s some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent for them.” The Church­lands school of­fers the pro­gram as an elec­tive for years 9 and 10 stu­dents, with 60 stu­dents signed up for lessons three times per week.

Webb was drafted by the Dock­ers this sea­son af­ter tak­ing up foot­ball the year be­fore and be­lieved it pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion to the stu­dents.

“They can see a def­i­nite di­rect path­way,” she said.

“We’re just try­ing to give the girls the op­por­tu­nity to play footy.”

She de­scribed the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing AFLW as “un­be­liev­able”.

“I’m cer­tainly liv­ing the dream play­ing footy,” she said.

“It’s a great group of girls. I ab­so­lutely love it.” The stu­dents will get a chance to show their skills at the an­nual schools Freo Dock­ers Cup com­pe­ti­tion in term 4 for fe­male high school stu­dents.

Webb lamented the lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to girls to play foot­ball when she was young but was glad they now ex­isted for cur­rent stu­dents.

“They can look at my ex­pe­ri­ence and they can tran­si­tion (to a pro­fes­sional com­pe­ti­tion),” she said.

“But we talk about what is most im­por­tant is their abil­ity to work re­ally hard and put in the time.

“I hope we con­tinue to see (pro­gram) numbers im­prove.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d480038

Lisa Webb with New­man Col­lege stu­dents.

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