Female Football Week, which runs from Friday, March 2 to Saturday, March 10, will celebrate the role women and girls play in football across the country.
Originally established by Member Federations in 2014, FFW aims to shine the spotlight on female football and grow female participation at the grassroots level.
Rebel FFW has evolved into a nationwide initiative that involves all stakeholders working towards making the game a more inclusive sport for females. It also provides football stakeholders with a platform to amplify new and existing female-specific programs and events to ensure female football development pathways are promoted.
The objective of the rebel Female Football Week this year is to promote discussion around gender equality and to amplify new and existing female specific programs to ensure that barriers for girls and women to get involved in football are removed.
All levels of the game will be involved in promoting what has become an annual nationwide initiative. Member Federations, associations and clubs will be activating collaboratively with Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League Clubs to deliver a variety of grassroots initiatives and match day activations.
Activities and events to be held throughout rebel Female Football Week will include activations at Hyundai A-League Round 22 matches, Women in Leadership workshops, Women and Girls mentor programs, coaching and refereeing courses, ALDI Miniroos for Girls Kick-off programs, plus a host of ‘meet and greet’ signing opportunities with Westfield W-League players.
Football West is running a number of events throughout Female Football Week in recognition of the achievements of women in football.
The first event will run on Saturday, March 3, with Football West Skill Acquisition Trainer Brad Hassell hosting a Girls Skill Acquisition open training session for players and coaches.
More than 100 girls aged five to 16 will then participate in the annual Bankwest Girls Day Out on Sunday, March 4, where they will meet Perth Glory Women players and enjoy fun on-field football activities.
A free ALDI MiniRoos Certificate grassroots coaching course will be held at the Bankwest Girls Day Out event.
On the back of the success of the 2017 Girls Day Out, Football West will also be running a Bankwest Regional Girls Day Out in Northam (97km northeast of Perth) on Saturday, March 10.
To wrap up Female Football Week, Football West will conduct a free Level 4 Referee Course for females over the age of 14 on Saturday, March 10.
Women’s football has gone from strength to strength in recent years and Female Football Week is a perfect celebration of this progress.
For more information on any of the above events, please contact Football West Development Officer Natasha Rigby: firstname.lastname@example.org.