Soccer boom means fun for all

Drysdale girls enjoy a kick. 164062

The phenomenal growth of women’s soccer in recent years is expected to continue in 2017, with the local Geelong Regional Football competition expected to add four new senior teams.
The GRFC is seeking to further boost the number of local women playing the game by hosting the inaugural Geelong Girls Gala Event at Lara United on Saturday 18 February. The family friendly event will have under-12 girls through to senior women’s teams compete in a social seven-a-side teams event.
Incentives will be provided to GRFC clubs who submit teams containing players who have not played competitively before.
Drysdale Soccer Club is leading the charge on the Bellarine, with club secretary and seniors player Nicole Carter playing a key role in the formation of the Geelong Regional Football Committee’s ‘women’s taskforce’.
Drysdale has also formed a dedicated women’s sub-committee that is piloting a new statewide initiative from Football Federation Victoria, the Female Friendly Clubs program. Nicole is proud of how far the club has come in the past year.
“Making it to the Division One grand final last year was a fantastic achievement and a credit to a wonderful group of girls. We are really looking forward to seeing more girls and women take up the sport in the local region, and plan to do whatever we can to encourage and promote that growth,” she said.
The exceptional progress of women’s soccer is not just seen at senior level, with Drysdale Soccer Club’s juniors also seeing more young girls registering last year with 30 per cent growth in 2016, which is expected to rise again this year. Drysdale has also seen
strong growth in Miniroo’s registrations (under-7 to under-11 teams).
For anyone interested in pulling on the boots, the Drysdale juniors’ pre-season kicks off on Tuesday 7 February.
Details can be found on the club’s website The club encourages players of any ability to come down and have a kick.

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