Even playing field
NEWMAN College in Churchlands has launched a specialist girls football program led by Fremantle Dockers AFL Women's player Lisa Webb.
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.”
Lisa Webb with Newman College students.