Female football programs in the Canterbury region are set to expand through funding from the NSW Government’s ‘Football Legacy Fund’.
The Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (Football Canterbury) have been awarded an $8,180 grant thanks to the fund.
Football Canterbury are set to host an introductory league for the 2023 winter season to enlist new players.
One of Football Canterbury’s goals is to focus on player retention, with the aim of using this introductory league to filter new players into 2023/2024 summer football teams and keep them interested and register for ongoing winter seasons.
“We are highly appreciative of the assistance from the NSW Government’s Football Legacy Program Fund,” said Andrew Morris, Technical and Game Development Manager, Football Canterbury.
“With the opportunities and programmes we are going to provide, we hope that the young girls and women from our clubs will continue to enjoy football year in, and year out and possibly pursue professional football pathways should it be a personal passion and long-term goal of theirs.”
To bolster this, the Leichhardt Saints Football Club will also be scaling up their Girls and Women’s Summer Soccer Program after they were also awarded $9,895 in funding – as part of the NSW Government’s Football Legacy Program.
The Leichhardt Saints Football Club have witnessed a steady increase in participants over the past few seasons and want to enhance their existing program – as the locals gear up for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“Our existing Girls and Women’s Summer Program focuses on the three F’s; fun, friends, and fitness. This is at the core of our ethos. We want the girls and women in the program to have fun and make friends in a safe and thriving environment,” said Annike Lindhout, Competitions Manager of the King George Park Summer Soccer.
“We’re extremely grateful for the grant and we aim to expand the existing program thanks to the assistance of the NSW Football Legacy Fund.”