ABOUT 90 junior girls soccer players from Balga Senior High School connected with the Matildas at a training clinic last week.
The Matildas hosted a clinic and a Q & A session alongside Football West development officers and Perth Glory player Natasha Rigby.
Some Balga players attended the Matildas’ friendly match against Thailand on March 26.
Junior and senior girls coach Sarah Bagshaw said the players loved the encouragement and motivation.
“The girls really connected with the Matilda players and they have encouraged girls to commit further to the football program and link up with local football clubs,” she said.
“The girls were particularly impressed with Alex Chidiac to the point that they wanted to find out more about the player online and make sure they were there to support her at the game on Monday.”
Bagshaw said players in the football program had a high work ethic.
“They look up to Matildas like Sam Kerr, Alex Chidiac, Lydia Williams and captain Lisa De Vanna, who have worked hard to get where they are,” she said.
Bagshaw is aiming for her senior and junior teams to win the champion schools competition title in 2018.