Girls across the Bundaberg Region are being encouraged to kick some goals and take part in The Bundaberg Radiology Girls Development Program.
Across The Waves Football Club junior technical director Chris Ashby said he hoped the six-week program would inspire more females to take up the local sport.
“This is the fourth year we have been running the program, and it is designed to promote football, or soccer, in a fun and safe environment,” Chris said.
“It gives girls the opportunity to try a team sport, even if they have never played before, or if they don’t know anything about football, we cater to all skill levels.
“With our goal in mind of hoping to increase the number of all-girl teams, across all age groups in the region.”
As the only male coach participating in the program, Chris said the five dedicated female coaches, with more than 70 years of experience between them, would help navigate The Bundaberg Radiology Girls Development Program.
And each of them would be stepping up to encourage girls aged between 7 and 12 years to walk out onto the football field at the start of the local football season with confidence.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the region to form more all girl teams, of all ages across all leagues,” he said.
“The best-case scenario for us is we have more girls sign up to play football with one of the local clubs, and it’s a great opportunity for the girls to make new friends.
“It’s pretty much non-existent for us to have all-female football teams in the juniors and we hope to change this.
“Currently there are 12 female teams in the seniors, but in the juniors it is mostly mixed teams – with only two all-girl teams.”
The free Bundaberg Radiology Girls Development Program will start on 15 February at The Waves Sports Complex.
In addition to the Bundaberg Radiology Girls Development Program a free come and try day for both boys and girls will be held on Monday, 8 February at 4.45pm.
The come and try day is open to boys and girls aged between six and 10 years of age, and will be held at The Waves Sports Complex, Thabeban Street.
For more information phone Chris on 0411 122 051 or email: [email protected].
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