Shellharbour Junior Football Club named national Club of the Year

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Football South Coast’s Shellharbour Junior Football Club has been announced as an inaugural Club Changer Club of Year.

Over a year from the launch of Club Changer, Football Australia’s Club Development Program, more than 1,000 community football clubs have engaged with the program while over 700 have acquired their 1 Star recognition for work in the women & girls football space.

Selected as the national regional winner, Shellharbour was selected for their commitment to make football more inclusive, accessible and welcoming for women and girl, both on and off the pitch (see more below).

Football NSW recently reached the milestone of 150 1 Star Club Changer clubs. To find out more about how the Club Changer Program can assist with the development of your local Club, as it has for Shellharbour, submit an expression of interest today.

Shellharbour Junior Football Club

Shellharbour Junior Football Club have employed different strategies to make sure the women and girls of their club find it a safe place to be part of, and enjoy not just playing but living football.

SJFC decided to tackle specific objectives to increase female participation on and off the pitch, like offering a female only competition for their summer football program, which saw 37 all girls teams and an additional 19 mixed teams participate; encouraging an increase in females to join the committee and achieving 40/40/20 representation (The Club Changer 40/40/20 resource was key to working toward this); and creating a women’s mentorship program that has been quickly progressing, with their now a Women’s coordinator who is fully focused on the implementation of the program.