AFL Goldfields girls get a go

AFL Goldfields is hoping a new come-and-try program will encourage the next generation of female footballers.

The free program, which started on Friday night, is designed to help girls hone their skills while having fun.

On for six weeks at Melton’s Arnolds Creek Recreation Reserve, the program is the second to be run by AFL Goldfields.

AFL Goldfields, which oversees football in the region, has run a similar program at Ballarat for the past two years. The success of this program resulted in a four-team, under-12 competition there.

AFL Goldfields football development manager Grant McMillan is hoping to attract girls from across Melton and Moorabool areas, as well as Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges.

“Female football participation is increasing very rapidly,” he said.

“The Goldfields under-12 girls come-and-try program … could start many female players on a journey that now has a genuine pathway, from Auskick through to the elite level, with the National Women’s competition becoming a reality in 2017.”

McMillan is hoping this latest program will have similar success. It is for girls born between 1-1-2004 and 31-12-2009.

“This program is all about learning new skills, having fun, enjoying their football and increasing participation.”

Details: 8746 2924 or 0411 380 093, or email