Developing girls football skills

Sydney FC have been working in the community for over 10 years helping young players enjoy their football.

Through their School Holiday Clinics and Skills Training Programs, they are developing the talents of boys and girls using skills-based activities in well-organised, fun-filled sessions.

The Sky Blues recent partnership with St George Football Association has allowed their community teams to expand their work and introduce more children to the game of football.

With the Women’s World Cup coming to Australia in 2023, Sydney FC and St George are focusing on encouraging more girls to play.

To achieve this Sydney FC are now running Sydney FC Girls Only Clinics with their Westfield W-League players coaching the enthusiastic youngsters.

Sydney FC Head of Community Howard Fondyke said the decision to host the Women’s World Cup in Australia is a great opportunity for the sport to enjoy rapid growth in the women’s game.

“At Sydney FC we have been leaders in the women’s game with our Westfield W-League team enjoying three Championship wins.

“Now we want to encourage more girls to take up the game. Our research suggests some girls would prefer to play with their friends rather than on a mixed course.

“So, with the help of St George FA and our Westfield W-League players, we are now rolling out Girls Only Clinics across the region.”he said

Sydney FC captain Teresa Polias added they hoped the World Cup is going to inspire boys and girls to take up football with more women’s players becoming role models.

“There are different reasons why girls play football. Some girls like to get out and there and socialise with their friends, whereas some girls are really competitive and now we have the option of for both groups.

“It’s great to see the opportunity and choice around with Sydney FC. Having the kids getting involved with the Clinics draws them into the game and makes them want to keep playing and invite their friends. You can see the happiness. It’s great.”Teresa Polias said