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Suns looking to the Territory to develop star female coaches

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GOLD Coast Suns on Friday launched a new initiative aimed at developing the next crop of profession­al female coaches.

The club is offering two scholarshi­ps to female coaches across all the Suns talent regions the Gold Coast, Northern Rivers, North Queensland and the Northern Territory.

The opportunit­y would see the two successful women

work inside the Suns’ AFLW program as developmen­t coaches for the equivalent of one training session per week, flexible to suit either an intensive period or stretched across the entire AFLW season.

Suns head of women’s football Fiona Sessarago said the scholarshi­p would provide fantastic opportunit­ies for women in the sporting industry.

“We’re really proud as a

club to be able to offer a scholarshi­p like this to be able to support the progressio­n of female coaches,” Sessarago said.

“We think it’s extremely important to increase the number of females coaching elite sport and see this as a great way to give exposure to elite-level programs.”

Female coaches make up about 10 per cent of the registered football coaches in

Queensland, a number the Suns are committed to seeing rise in the coming years.

A major benefit of the course offered by the Suns will be the fully covered inclusion of the AFL Level Two coaching course for the successful applicants. Each applicant will also be assigned a mentor coach to support their learning needs.

Applicatio­ns are open until Friday, October 8.

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