Football St George (FSG) is pleased to announce the coaches and support staff that will lead Girls Skill Acquisition Program (GSAP) for 2023.

Amanda Marino returns to the program in 2023 and will take control of the Under 13 age group.
Amanda spent last season coaching the Under 10 GSAP along with her role as Women’s Technical Director at Forest Rangers FC.

For the U10, 11 and U13 Age groups, Coaches were identified from the FSG Female Coach Mentor Program.

The Under 12 age group will be led by Zainab Jaber. Along with her new role at FSG, Zainab will continue her role at Banksia Tigers FC coaching in the Women’s program and playing in the Women’s Premier League for the club.

Co-coaches have been appointed for the under 11 age group. Janice Fernandes from Ramsgate RSL FC and Jessica Refalo from Scots FC will share the coaching responsibilities, as well as coaching at their respective local clubs.

In the Under 10 age group, FSG has appointed Helen Matheson as coach. Helen is a former NSW representative and experienced coach who now plays football at Connells Points Rovers FC.

A new initiative to support the program an players in 2023 is the appointment of a physiotherapist to the GSAP coaching staff. Laura Fleming has been appointed to the role, managing warm-up, pre and post-match recovery, injury assessment and rehabilitation. Laura represents Oatley FC in the women’s all age competition.

FSG Technical Director Brian Dene will oversee the program and mentor the coaches as they continue their development.

FSG CEO Phil Brown said;

“With excitement building ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, we are pleased to announce an all-female coaching group to lead the Girl’s Skill Acquisition Program. This demonstrates Football St George’s commitment to fostering female football and is aligned to our strategic goal of continued investment in player development via the Girls Skill Acquisition Program.

Importantly, four of the Coaches have been identified through the Female Coach Mentor Program that was established in 2022. It demonstrates that the program provides not only opportunity and education, but a pathway for female coaches.

FSG is dedicated to ensuring that the players in the GSAP have an environment where they can not only improve as footballers but also enjoy their experience. We know that the appointed coaches, supported by a qualified and experienced physiotherapist, with deliver just that.

The GSAP competition commences on 11 March 2023.

All enquiries relating to the Girl’s Skill Acquisition Program can be directed to Football St George via email