Wanneroo Secondary College introduces girls football program for 2019

Teachers Tom Moscarda and Scott Minchin with year 7 students Carys Hendrie, Emily Walmsley, Aymie Haddrill and Megan Norbury. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Teachers Tom Moscarda and Scott Minchin with year 7 students Carys Hendrie, Emily Walmsley, Aymie Haddrill and Megan Norbury. Photo: Martin Kennealey

INCREASING numbers of girls playing football will see Wanneroo Secondary College introduce a specialist program next year.

AFL coordinator Tom Moscarda said the school decided to introduce the Year 7 and 8 specialist AFL girls program in 2019 to keep up with demand.

Moscarda said the program would start with 32 students and positions were filling quickly.

“Some of the local primary schools are doing great work with their students and we had our biggest group of Year 6s trial this year,” he said.

“With West Coast joining Fremantle in the AFLW in coming years, we expect the popularity of the game to continue to rise, hence the need to cater for our girls.”

Moscarda said the inaugural program would have an emphasis on fundamental skills, improving game knowledge and fun with games against local high schools.

He said it was an opportunity to use students’ passion for the sport to improve their skills and understanding of the game while at school.

“We will look to build relationships with Fremantle and West Perth’s women’s teams and provide the students with professional coaching and the resources to improve their football,” he said.

“The program will also include a number of excursions, carnivals, camps and tours that will further develop their skills and engagement.

“We also aim to develop and promote good citizens who are able to contribute with sporting clubs on and off the field in the future.”

If demand continues, Moscarda said the school would introduce programs for individual year groups from Years 7 to 10 in the future.

For more information, call 9206 6555.