KWINANA Junior Knights Football Club has launched its inaugural Under-15s female junior team, hoping to challenge current regulations which effectively ends girls’ participation after Under-14s.
As well as fielding 17 male teams this season, the Kwinana Knights Junior Football Club is hoping to grow the game for young women in the region by fielding the Under-15s side who are unable to compete in mixed gender comps.
The club was awarded $1000 as part of the Macca’s Junior Sports Grants program, which was used to kick-start the team and purchase new playing jumpers for the girls.
Kwinana Junior Knights Football Club sponsorship co-ordinator Mark Rooney said the grant has enabled the club to give the girls a fresh start.
“We are thrilled to be able to supply our girls with fresh new uniforms for the launch of this new team. We want the girls to feel as important at our club as the boys, so having them play in hand-me-downs was not ideal,” he said.
“The girls are an integral part of our club and it was important to us that they get the best start they could this season. They are not a second string group and the grant has made sure they don’t feel like one.”
Mr Rooney said Kwinana Junior Knights have been a strong advocate of female football in Perth, especially as girls were unable to continue their footy careers after Under-14s.
“There has always been room for girls to play at the Kwinana Junior Knights but, due to regulations outside of the club’s control, football was not an option after the girls turned 14,” he said.
“Telling girls at 14 that beyond this point they can’t keep playing footy is wrong.”