Girls get kick out of soccer

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Girls in Karratha enjoyed practising their soccer skills at the Leisureplex.
Camera IconGirls in Karratha enjoyed practising their soccer skills at the Leisureplex. Credit: Caitlyn Watts/Pilbara News/Pictures: Caitlyn Watts, Caitlyn Watts/Pilbara News

Football West hosted a girls soccer day out in Karratha this month in a bid to get more young Pilbara females into the game.

Newly appointed Football West Pilbara development officer Carol Hegan organised the event for girls aged four to 17 at the Karratha Leisureplex.

The day saw more than 70 girls complete 12 rotational activities, including small sided games and novelty stations such as walking soccer and soccer without boots.

Ms Hegan said she was extremely happy with how many young women attended the event.

“I was kind of expecting around 50, but I think in the end we had just over 70 girls come down, so it was really good,” she said..

“It was a great opportunity for girls to come down and have a try and have an explore of all of the different activities. It was also great to have some of the local coaches involved as well so they could have a chat to some of the clubs while they were there.”

Ms Hegan said she was excited to establish a female league for soccer in the Pilbara to help young girls develop their talent.

“I think it’s really important, especially to create that diversity across the game and give girls a real opportunity to show their potential, instead of always being compared to the male players,” she said.

“In a female league, they get a chance to actually play to their best potential.”

While Ms Hegan said Football Federation Australia had put a hold on community football until April 14, she hoped the season would not be impacted too heavily by coronavirus.

“At this stage, we don’t know anymore past that but we will keep everyone updated as we have updates,” she said.

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