Epping FC continue the drive of promoting female football

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It’s been a few months since the Matildas captured the hearts of the nation but North West Sydney Football Association club Epping FC have continued to capitalise on the interest in women’s football as a result of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup ™.

At the beginning of the 2023 winter season, the club changed their away jerseys to green and gold with the tag line “in support of the Matildas 2023” embroidered across the collar – the club also provided a jersey to all registered players as a memento of the once in a lifetime event held in Sydney.

In continuing with the support of the Matildas, the month of August saw the club host a ‘come and try’ session for young boys and girls aged 5-10yrs and provided them with a MiniRoos gift pack.  Interest was sky high with over 70 participants, many of whom formed summer football teams and are now enjoying the season.

Most recently, Epping FC commenced a 10-week program for women who have never played before and have 32 females, mostly mums, who enjoy escaping the house on a Wednesday evening for an hour to be led by three qualified female coaches in the development of basic football skills. The second half of the program concentrated on the women engaging in game play and mini-games.  These sessions have not only provided football education and fitness but also a fun and social experience for these women in a supportive and encouraging environment.

“Our focus is to assist these ladies in continuing their football after the completion of the program by giving them every option and opportunity to remain involved in the game,” said Epping FC’s Female Development Officer Alison Lloyd.

“Some women have even indicated their interest in learning more about how to become a coach or referee and we want to be here to support them.”

Mal Arnold, President of Epping FC echoed Lloyd’s sentiments.

“We believe our programs at Epping FC are a great example of a successful initiative that embodies the concept of ‘Growing the Women’s Game’ and we are passionate about letting our local community know how we can work together to provide supportive and flexible environments for women to engage in football and sport in general.”

The female coaches involved were awarded scholarships via the NSW Football Legacy Fund to complete their “C” Diploma Advanced Coaching qualification and are now giving back to other women in the sport.

Whilst the Legacy funding is almost exhausted, Football Australia and Commbank have recently partnered in the development of the ‘Growing Football Fund’ as a commitment to increasing female participation in football off the back of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and the success of hosting the tournament in Australia.

NSW Football Legacy Program

The  NSW Football Legacy Program is a $10 million investment from the NSW Government. The program seeks to support female football through new community facilities, participation initiatives, development programs as well as tourism and international engagement.

More information about Football Australia’s opportunities can be found here or via the Football NSW legacy link to find out more about NSW Government Legacy Programs.

This web story is by the NSW Government under the NSW Football Legacy Program.