When Term 2 of the school year returns so too will a dedicated and enthusiastic group of female secondary school students. The WAFC Schoolgirls Cup kicks off in May with over 50 participating schools taking part.
This year’s competition will see approximately 2000 students compete in two divisions of the program with a finals series concluding on July 1 when qualifying schools will battle it out for the Alison Moore and Debbie White Division Cups.
This year will also see a competition take place at Senior High School Country week.
The WAFC and School Sport WA are proud to support the WAFC Schoolgirls Cup program. To mark the 16th year of the competition, Female Football patrons Alison Moore, Debbie White and Cathy Vanderweide were on hand as the WAFC and School Sport WA launched the WAFC Schoolgirls Cup competition at a special function held at Patersons Stadium on Wednesday, March 28.
Until recently, girls have had limited opportunities to pursue their interest in the sport of Australian Football. The main aim of the secondary girl’s competition is to provide a wide range of experiences to girls, who would not otherwise have the chance to be involved in the sport.
In particular, participation in the school competition will be an important step in girls becoming involved in the senior women’s football competition.
It’s interesting to note that The Girls’ football competition was established way back in 1996 with the following aims:
- Provide an alternative sport for girls
- Promote girls in sport
- Promote a healthy lifestyle
- Enhance school / community links
- Play with peers
- Build school pride
In 2012 the expected participation rate for females will be close to 90,000 participants across all female programs. The WAFC and School Sport WA wish all players coaches and volunteers the best of luck in this Year’s WAFC Schoolgirls competition.
Photo: AFL Female Football Manager Jan Cooper with WA female football patrons Alison Moore, Debbie White and Cathy Vanderweide.