Werribee Football Club is set to reaffirm its commitment to women’s football in the Wyndham region with a free Advanced Skills Session for Women at Avalon Airport Oval on Monday, September 4.
AFL Women’s stars Maddie Boyd (GWS Giants), Angelica Gogos (Western Bulldogs), Bree White (Collingwood), and Ashleigh Guest (Melbourne) will be on hand to assist with running the event, which has been created with the goal of fast-tracking skill development and game knowledge for local female players.
The evening will include tackling technique sessions with specialist coaches and a kicking program run by Kick 2 Advantage founder David Newett.
The initiative ties in with the club’s ultimate ambition of fielding its own VFL Women’s side next year, but Werribee community development manager Chris Gallagher said it also encompasses broader aims for the sport as a whole, particularly with regards to safety.
“A big part of it is about educating women on how to protect themselves within the game,” Gallagher says of the session.
“Learning the correct techniques to protect your body in a contest takes time, and we are now seeing a lot of girls and women who are coming into football from non-contact sports who don’t have that background and need some guidance.
“A lot of girls are bringing plenty of aggression to their game, which is great to see, but we want to make sure it is a controlled aggression to ensure their safety and the safety of their opponents.”
The session kicks off at 6:30pm and is open to female players in the Wyndham region and surrounds from seniors down to under 16s and to all coaches of local female teams.