By Jeremy Butler
Over 70 young girls have signed up for AIA Vitality MiniRoos Kick-Off for Girls programs in Tasmania after taking part in the FIFA Live Your Goals initiative earlier this month.
Westfield Matildas striker Michelle Heyman opened the event which included a week of school and club girls-only football festivals throughout the State which were attended by 1,000 girls.
The initiative was aimed at creating awareness and generating excitement with the aim of increasing participation of girls and women in football.
FFAs Head of Community, Football Development & Women’s Football, Emma Highwood said: “Live Your Goals is a fantastic initiative from FIFA and we are pleased to have delivered it again this year.
“This event provided a great opportunity to promote female football development in Tasmania with one thousand girls participating throughout the week.
“The festival also offered many girls and young women the chance to interact with Westfield Matilda Michelle Heyman, ultimately inspiring them to achieve their goals.”
Live Your Goals Tasmania was also considered an outstanding success by FFT CEO Mike Palmer.
“The ease of football and the ability for every one of all abilities to participate made the week a success,’’ he said.
“The joy of participation was clearly apparent across every session and to see so many young ladies motivated around football was an on-going special moment at each and every session.”
The FFT Women’s & Girls Development Officer Holly Ayton led the project in Tasmania added: “The festival has given hope to many people across the state, in believing that women’s football is supported and truly cared about.
“The festival provided hundreds of girls across Tasmania the chance to either experience the round ball game or fall even more in love with football.”