For the first time in 10 years Warradale Football Club in Warragamba has formed an all-ages women’s team.
Club president John Letby said the formation of the women’s team was a “great sign of changing times”.
“The team now provides an opportunity for girls who are playing in our junior teams to watch the ladies play on a Sunday,” he said.
“It will give the girls confidence and an incentive to progress with their soccer at our club and continue onto the senior level.”
Letby said the ladies team captain Djena Parsons pushed hard to get a team together.
The club advertised and was inundated with interested ladies ranging from 16 to 40 years old.
Letby said most of the players in the women’s team were from the local area.
“Some of the ladies have played soccer for a number of years and others not so long,” he said.
Parsons said she grew up playing soccer at the club and had fond memories of the players and committee.
“I’m pleased the club has brought back a women’s team,” she said. “The club’s committee members have been so supportive and are doing everything they can to help us out.
“This season the team is hoping to have a lot of fun and we will bring a lot of heart and commitment to each game.”
The ladies team will compete in the division three competition of the Nepean Football Association.
Letby said he wanted to have two or three senior ladies teams in coming years.
“We want players who have left Warradale to come back and join a club that is on the rise,” he said.
There are about 160 players at the club and they play their home games at Waterboard Oval, Warragamba.
Letby said Warradale, a family-based club, needed sponsors to get behind the club.
“I’ve always viewed this place as a community hub where parents, players, coach’s and committee members are all part of one big family,” he said.
“My vision is to regenerate that family and community feeling to our members.”
Warradale Football Club was founded in 1983 by three women, Rene Colyn, Anita Reynolds and Jenny Whitehouse.
There are 14 mixed junior teams and three senior teams including over-35s mens and all ages mens and womens teams.
The women’s team won their first game of the season 5 to 3.
This weekend’s game will be played on Sunday, April 15 at 9am against Glenmore Park at Mulgoa Rise Field 1. Round three will be played at Waterboard Oval on Sunday, April 29 from 9am against Springwood. Spectators are welcome to join.