Coach keen to boot the women’s game higher

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

Rock­ing­ham City Foot­ball Club’s Lisa Man­son may have just missed out on be­com­ing coach of the year, but that is not go­ing to stop her from con­tin­u­ing to boost the women’s game in WA.

Man­son wears many hats in the game, in­clud­ing be­ing a coach, a girls’ de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor, head of Mini-Roos, com­mit­tee mem­ber, Peel Regional Foot­ball Coun­cil de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer and chair­woman of the Foot­ball West coaches’ stand­ing com­mit­tee.

This month she was nom­i­nated for the Rebel Aus­tralian fe­male coach of the year award, a tes­ta­ment to her hard work across the community.

Hav­ing first played at the age of seven in New Zealand, Man­son got a taste for coach­ing at 15 and dived into the deep end when her daugh­ter started play­ing. Say­ing in­di­vid- ual player de­vel­op­ment was the thing she en­joyed most as a coach, Man­son said she was fo­cused on the growth of women’s foot­ball.

“It’s some­thing that I re­ally con­cen­trate on and I’m pas­sion­ate about,” she said.

“It’s great to see heaps of girls get in­volved — we are still com­pet­ing with AFL and net­ball a lot with ju­nior sport, but it is grow­ing steadily.

“We’ve got about 6000 fe­male play­ers reg­is­tered in WA — that is still rel­a­tively low and I’d like to see that grow a lot more.”

Man­son said she was keen to fur­ther her coach­ing ca­reer, with the goal of at­tain­ing her A li­cence.

“As well as coach­ing, I want to learn more about the back­ground of foot­ball, the ad­min­is­tra­tion, work­ing with stake­hold­ers and get­ting them to get more in­volved,” she said.

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Rock­ing­ham City's Lisa Man­son was nom­i­nated for coach of the year.

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