Club’s call for girl power

Wanneroo Weekender - - Sport -

KINGS­LEY Ju­nior Foot­ball Club has started its first all-girls team and is look­ing for more play­ers from years 4 to 7.

“In the past, the path­way for girls in Aussie rules in­volved start­ing in the mixed Aus­kick pro­gram to Year 3, then mov­ing to the mixed ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion, at which point most ex­ited the game by Year 7,” co-or­di­na­tor and coach Belinda Lewis said.

“This of­ten left both par­ents and play­ers dis­ap­pointed; there wasn’t a clear path­way for fe­male foot­ball.

“With the ad­vent of the AFLW com­pe­ti­tion and the greater ex­po­sure on TV, the wider foot­ball com­mu­nity has pushed hard to pro­mote new fe­male com­pe­ti­tions.

“We hope to break down the bar­ri­ers of (Aussie rules) be­ing a boys sport and be­come a sport for all.”

Lewis said the ul­ti­mate aim for next year was to pro­mote a youth girls’ team at Kings­ley JFC for those in years 7 to 9.

“This foun­da­tion will see play­ers suc­cess­fully en­ter into the WAWFL sys­tem and progress to adult foot­ball,” she said.

The ju­nior girls’ com­pe­ti­tion is on Fri­days 4.45-6pm at Grenville Re­serve in Tuart Hill. For more, email girlsco@kings­leyjfc.com.au.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d467659

Coach Belinda Lewis with play­ers.

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