Gippsland Girls To Get Youth Girls Competition in 2010
In 2010 AFL Victoria will continue to grow its Under 18 Youth Girls competition in regional Victoria. Gippsland will become the State’s seventh region to have its own all female community based football competition for teenage girls.
Teams from Sale, Traralgon, Warragul, Morwell and Moe are currently being established for a seven week competition to be staged in July and August. Interest in the competition continues to increase, but more players are needed to bring the competition together. Victorian Under 16s School Girls representatives, Monique Tracey and Rachael Drenan (pictured), are amongst the first to sign up.
The Youth Girls Competition is played at central venues and is specifically designed for girls aged 13 to 18, emphasising fun, fitness and friendship in a family friendly environment through a community football competition. The competition started in 2004 and will reach nearly nine hundred adolescent girls throughout Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo and Gippsland this year. Managed by AFL Victoria and supported by local councils, the AFL, VicHealth and the Department of Sport and Recreation Victoria, the Youth Girls competition gives girls the opportunity to play in a local community football competition. The Youth Girls program welcomes teams and players from all schools, community football clubs and leagues. The Youth Girls competition will be expanded further into regional Victoria over the next few years.
The Youth Girls program now includes a comprehensive talented player pathway, providing girls with exciting opportunities to represent their league and Victoria. A Youth Girls Academy has been established to provide additional on and off field development opportunities for Victoria’s most promising players. Metropolitan and Country State Championships are now held annually as part of AFL Victoria’s Metropolitan Championships and the Victorian County Football League’s VLine Cup, respectively. In 2010, the AFL will stage the first ever AFL Girls’ Under 18 National Championships in Melbourne.
More information on AFL Victoria's Youth Girls competition can be found at www.youthgirls.aflvic.com.au