The Spotswood Football Club will field a Senior Women’s team in 2018, following a recent unanimous board vote.
The club has a strong on-field history in its Senior Men’s, Junior Boys and more recently, Junior Girls sides, and the introduction of this latest team will further enhance the opportunities to play football in the western region.
Club President Alan Given said that introducing the senior side will “open our doors to more and more people and families, which is a great thing for Spotswood and a great thing for the area”.
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring in the Senior Women’s side,” Mr Given said.
“The interest has always been there, and now with the popularity of the sport booming, now is a great time for us to field a side. Our junior girls program has already proven to be hugely successful in bringing the community together, and to now offer that pathway after the juniors is just very exciting.
“We can’t wait to see our girls pull on the jumper with pride, as we know we have a passionate group already.”
The inclusion of the senior side has now thrown the doors open to complete pathways from Auskick to senior grades for both boys and girls. This full cycle of development was a major reason behind the move, as now Spotswood people of all ages can remain involved and playing for the great green and gold.
With Spotswood joining the Western Region and Essendon District Women’s League, there will be a total of 12 teams involved, including Manor Lakes, Glen Orden, Tarneit and Caroline Springs from out West.
One of the key persons involved in making the team a reality, Spotswood diehard and newly appointed Recruiter Lorey Bentley, believes that the team will not only grant greater access to the female population in the area, but will give yet another competitive Spotswood team for opposition to worry about.
“When we first talked about putting together a youth girls team a few years ago, there was interest then in getting a senior team as well,” Lorey said.
“At that time we wanted to focus on the girls team. Now that that is established, we can focus on the women's team. It would be great to play for the same club as my boys and the same club that I play netball for.”
The club already has some female players on board, but now the announcement has been made official, they are looking at expressions of interest for a number of positions including:
• Coaching staff
• Team manager
• Training staff
If you think you interested or can help out in any of the areas above, please contact Lorey Bentley email@example.com or Annette McLaren firstname.lastname@example.org