Suns looking to the Territory to develop star female coaches
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.