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Partnership marks new era in women’s AFL at Penrhos


24 September 2021

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I am super-proud to announce the launch of Penrhos’ brand-new AFL facilitated program with Perth Football Club Inc (PFC).

As part of this exclusive and exciting new partnership, Penrhos secondary students kicked off the initiative with PFC coached training sessions on Wednesday at Minerals Resources Park, in preparation for the IGSSA AFL competition for Year 7-10s in Term 4.

We are keen to prepare all interested secondary students’ for AFL competition in Term 1 2022 – specialist skills clinics will therefore be offered in Term 4 for our current Year 10 and 11 students before the full program rolls out to Year 11–12 teams next year.

Current Year 5 and 6 students will also be provided with similar opportunities to engage with AFL in Term 4, in preparation for their transition to Secondary School.

In seeking to help support pathways for girls into the AFL, Penrhos will promote the progression of all IGSSA AFL competition students into nominated Junior Football Clubs within the PFC zone.

An extremely high quality and experienced football coaching panel has been set up for Penrhos, under Brady Grey – former Fremantle Dockers player and current West Coast AFLW assistant coach. All Penrhos AFL teams will be coached by current Senior League players from PFC, and Brady Grey will also provide targeted specialist skills team coaching.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Penrhos to directly support the progression of interested girls into the AFL. Also, for all our students to access the highest level of performance coaching and training opportunities. I am very keen to progress the idea of hosting broader community AFL clinics, to further establish Penrhos as a destination for all girls in the area with a passion for footy.

Our new partnership was formally announced at the Perth Football Club Presidents Luncheon at the final game of the 2021 WAFL season. Club President Bob Shields announced that “Perth Football Club sees this as the first exciting step into its Women’s Football project with the target of entering a Rogers Cup (under 17s) team into the WAFLW competition in 2023. We hope to see several of the Penrhos girls in that inaugural team.”

“This is an exemplar of how WAFL clubs can contribute back to their communities,” went on Kelly Townson, Perth Football Club, Board Director. “To join and be part of the Rogers and WAFLW leagues will take time – we need to begin by working within our community to highlight and develop girls’ and women’s talent to seed our teams.”

I’m already gearing up the students and am delighted to report that we had a wonderful season launch, skills session and ‘meet and greet’ on Wednesday – nearly 100 Year 6-11s headed over to Mineral Resources Park, home of both Perth Football Club and the West Coast Eagles, for the first intro event with PFC and the coaches, followed by a sausage sizzle! All the girls who took part in this first clinic received a 2022 PFC Junior membership and merchandise pack, including a bag, hat, football and other sponsor inclusions.

Watch this space for more exciting news in Term 4!

Paul McCarthy

Dean of Co-Curricular