Jags and UQ Announce Pathway Agreement
GREAT NEWS FOR FEMALE FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT IN THE WESTERN CORRIDOR
The Jindalee Jaguars and UQ Red Lions have today announced a landmark agreement that sees a clear pathway for junior and youth female players in the western corridor.
Jindalee Female Football Director, Darren Dewberry and UQ Head of Womens Football, Marnie McGorm have negotiated an arrangement that will assist in the development of players at the Jags club and offer clear pathways into a wide selection of senior football. This will allow players of any developmental stage find the most suitable level of football while exposing them to opportunities to play elite football should they wish to pursue that pathway.
Jags club president Corey Sells said, “it is exciting not just for our players but, also our coaches. We will have a partnership with UQ where we will be able to offer opportunity for players to extend themselves into the QWAFL competition and then AFLW but, we will also be able to offer some mentoring of our coaches through the UQ program. To have our coaches present on game days during QWAFL matches or at UQ training to watch and learn the strategies of state league football will be an invaluable source to better educate and improve our coaches skills. That experience, in turn, will flow down through our youth and junior players which will only have positive outcomes for our players and the wider football community in general”
The new deal formalises discussions between the two clubs to foster female football by providing a pathway for all players. For UQ, it further develops a competitive senior women's program from home grown inner west and western suburbs talent.
UQ Women's Head Coach, Phil Lovett said, “it will be a great boost for Australian Football in the district to have UQ players with QWAFL and AFLW experience training and playing with local youth and junior talent. We were pleasantly surprised with just how many female players Jindalee have at the club and the talent coming through there is outstanding”
Marnie McGorm added, “Jags and UQ are both iconic clubs within this area in the female space and the opportunity for us to link in with the strongest junior and youth female club in the inner west is an opportunity to good to miss. We are super excited to formalise an arrangement that has already seen Brisbane Lions player Gabby Collingwood come through Jindalee as a youth player and into our senior ranks before being drafted. Former Jag and current Brisbane Lions Academy member Nat Grider also joined UQ in 2017 and has been awarded a UQ AFL scholarship in 2018 to assist with her studies and the development of her football career.
The rise of Female Aussie Rules Football is exciting for girls in our area and it’s never been a better time to join a club at any age, regardless of your past experience. If you would like to join a club please visit www.jindaleejags.com.au or www.redlions.org.au.