Sport

Program to lure more girls to footy

By Benalla Ensign

With more women lacing up their boots and hitting the footy field than ever before, AFL Goulburn Murray is now introducing a girl’s junior football program.

The program is aimed at girls between age’s seven to 12 who are keen to have a kick.

Running for six weeks, the program will start with an open Come and Try session to be held at Kialla Park

Recreation Reserve on Sunday, June 24, from 10am to 11am.

AFL Goulburn Murray Region general manager Martin Gleeson identified the program as the next development in the female football pathway.

‘‘It is part of our Female Football Strategy to build a female specific competition at an age group between Auskick and Youth Girls and this program will be the first step in achieving that goal,’’ Mr Gleeson said.

‘‘The registration day on Sunday, June 24, will also be a free come and try session for interested girls to come along, participate in some fun activities and also learn some of the skills of our great game.

‘‘Depending on the numbers at the come and try session we will continue the session over the next five weeks as a series of mini, participation-based games suitable for girls of all skill levels.

‘‘While we expect girls to come along that may be involved in Auskick or local Under-10 or Under-12 teams it is not necessary for girls to have played before as we will provide coaching and introductory learning.’’

Registrations will be taken throughout the whole program for girls who are unable to attend the come and try session.

●To register your interest for the come and try session contact AFL Goulburn Murray Football Development Manager Mark Lambourn at mark.lambourne@aflvic.com.au