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 firstname.lastname@example.org.