The Next Generation Continues Rich History

Monday, August 19, 2013

One of the oldest clubs in the history of Australian Football, Port Adelaide Football Club has turned it’s attention to growing female teams.

SANFL Inclusive Manager, Peter Cates,  has been instrumental in assisting Port to develop it’s new teams. “We had great success in recruiting our girls by placing adverts and flyers on Community News Boards at shopping centres, for example,” Cates said. “Once the girls came down we made sure we offered them all girls Auskick and Youth Girls so we could develop their skills at an early age.”

When asked what the introduction of the girls had brought to the Club Cates replied, “fun and laughter! They are much more social about their football yet still want to do their best when competing,” Cates added.

“Port made sure they had quality coaches in place for the girls so they could learn the game from people who understood what the female football culture is. It’s not as serious as the boys but the girls still want to develop their skills,” Cates commented.

“The Club also ensured they could provide a pathway for the girls so they could stay at the Club.”

With strong support from mothers and friends of the players the Club is in a strong position to continue it’s growth and complete the player pathway. “Junior girls will be the next step,” believes Cates.

With players who are showing great potential already such as Tayla “Flash” Gordon, Port look set to continue to be a benchmark AFL Club. Gordon has only been playing for 2 seasons with Port but has made the SA Youth Girls State team twice, the AFL’s High Performance Academy for 16s and the Australian Youth Girls New Zealand touring team. Like many of her Port team mates she is already giving back to the game.

“I enjoy attending clinics and helping the girls,” Gordon said. “I’ll do anything to help build the game I’m passionate about!”

So with good role models and a plan to grow the pathway Port look like being a power and continuing their fine AFL heritage.

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