Northern NSW Football is about to kick-off a sixth consecutive season of ALDI MiniRoos For Girls Leagues football.
Newcastle Football clubs introduced the program in its inaugural year of 2012, Macquarie Football clubs joined the League in 2015 and Hunter Valley clubs have entered this year.
ALDI MiniRoos for Girls Leagues allows girls aged between 6 and 11 to play with and against girls during the winter football season.
There are now 18 ALDI MiniRoos for Girls Leagues with 130 teams participating across the region, compared to 77 teams and 10 competitions in 2016.
In 2012, Newcastle Football had started with only 6 teams in the under 6 Girls Leagues and now have increased to 83 teams across all ages in 2017. Macquarie Football has 39 and for their first-year running, Hunter Valley Football has 8 teams.
Northern NSW Footballs Female Participation Officer Nyssa Suchanow is delighted by the growth of the League.
She said: “Participation numbers this season reflect our vision and hard work of our Member Zones and their clubs in providing opportunities for girls to play with and against other girls. We [NNSWF] knew there was a desire for ‘Girls Only’ football and that can clearly be seen by the league's growth over the past 6 seasons.
“Our Member Zones and clubs need to be commended for their hard work in providing young girls with a great opportunity to become involved in Football."
Since the inception of the League in 2012, Newcastle Football female player numbers in the ALDI MiniRoos age group (5-11) has increased by 120%.
Russell Henry, CEO of Newcastle Football, believes that every girl in the region deserves the opportunity to participate in the sport the world loves.
“The ‘Girls Only’ Leagues are the foundation to increase participation of young girls within the game and over the past season, the interest has grown dramatically. The all-girls leagues now cover 6 to 11 ALDI MiniRoos and now gives us the connection from ALDI MiniRoos to Girls/Women's Competitions,” Henry said.
Hunter Valley Football clubs have also been working hard to establish girls teams with five clubs and eight teams joining this year.
Sarah White, Hunter Valley Football’s Operations Manager, is excited for the future growth of the league in her zone.
“Clubs have worked hard this year to get ‘Girls Only’ teams together. Once the wider community is aware of the opportunity our clubs are providing, the league will continue to grow,” White said.
With 31 of the 86 Clubs across the 3 Hunter Member Zones now participating in the ALDI MiniRoos for Girls Leagues, there is a good chance you will spot a game or two at your local club this weekend. Although, if you are at New Lambton chances are you will see 20 or more games with the club having 26 Girls teams in 2017.