Camden Tigers, Falcons join forces to celebrate women

"Our attitude has been to treat them the same as the boys so they get the same opportunities."

That's the message from Camden Tigers president Michael Gowing as the club prepares to celebrate Football Federation Australia's Female Football Week.

The national initiative celebrates the growth of women's soccer and acknowledges the role of girls and women in the sport, from players through to referees and canteen volunteers.

Gowing said the Tigers would celebrate all women club members, including life members Diane Ardouin, Jacqueline Fowler and Cheryl Wright.

He said there had been a great increase in women at his club in recent years.

"We have 1200 members and about 20 per cent are women or girls. That [percentage] figure was in single digits for a long time," Gowing said.

"We have seen more girls come into football as they get older. We have women in their mid-20s or 30s playing the sport for the first time."

The Tigers will unite with rivals Camden Falcons to celebrate Female Football Week this Sunday at Ron Dine Memorial Oval.

Highlights will include the clubs facing off in a Macarthur Football Association's women's premier league contest at 1pm.

"Friendly" rivals, Camden Tigers player Danielle Plevnarovska and Camden Falcon Kaitlin Fielder. Picture: Chris Lane

"Friendly" rivals, Camden Tigers player Danielle Plevnarovska and Camden Falcon Kaitlin Fielder. Picture: Chris Lane

Gowing said the two clubs had a "good rivalry", both on and off the field.

"A lot of players went to school together or grew up together," he said.

"We have one of the friendlier rivalries out there."

Falcons president Paul Ellis agreed and said there was mutual respect between the clubs.

Ellis said the club would celebrate its two female life members, Margaret Bell and Gwen Gibson, on Sunday.

"We have also had a couple of girls go on to a big things," he said.

"Elizabeth Ralston recently made the [Australian] Matildas squad and Rosie Galea was part of the Australian under-23s team."

Ellis said the Falcons were proud to support Female Football Week.

"We have more than 600 members and roughly 20 per cent are girls or women," he said.

"The women's game is growing faster than any other part of football."