The role of girls in footy
Two of our local female footballers participated in an exciting first for South Australia in late August, playing for South Adelaide Football Club against West Adelaide at Richmond Oval. The game was Round One of the history-making competition for the development of female football in SA.
It was also a new experience for the SANFL Clubs who have never had female football within their Club environment before.
Our KI girls are making a difference for all of the girls who will follow in their footsteps, acting as role models and leaders, assisting all clubs in moving towards inclusion.
At Round One, 302 female players registered. Of the 302, 195 girls were new to football , with Kangaroo Island represented by Nina Tydeman and Rachel Barr, both in their first season as Senior Colts players.
The girls were accompanied by League secretary/treasurer Cathie Tydeman and the girls showed great leadership, enthusiasm and skills – something highly valued in the KI footy competition and in young people.
“With the varied experience and football knowledge within this program, not only is there an opportunity to provide for new and experienced players to learn and develop, it also provides a safe space for current female footballers to grow as leaders as they help and support their new team mates,” Ms Tydeman said.
“The SAFC coach had an enormous challenge for Round One, having not yet met some of the girls and with only a small amount of time to work with the ones who were able to attend practice.”
“He showed all the skills of a great coach focussing on the fun, friendship and enjoyment of the game and allowing the girls to move through team positions to explore their skills and strengths. The game was fast, with modified rules and the girls played with all their might,” Ms Tydeman said.
“Both Nina and Rachel really enjoyed the chance to play away from KI and in this inaugural female game of the SANFL, and with three more rounds to go, Nina attended again last Saturday, but both girls will stay with their KI home teams for the remainder of the season and important finals games.”