Are you female aged between 13 and 15 years of age? Want a fun, four week social soccer program that will give you a taste before committing fully to a team and club?
Football Federation Victoria’s (FFV) Summer 7’s format will be run in Leongatha to introduce South Gippsland teenage girls to the sport and also provide a program for current players to get ready for the 2016 season.
Summer 7’s involves 7 players on each team on a modified, smaller pitch. The program will run for 4 weeks. With a large emphasis on fun, fitness and social benefits that only a team sport can offer, it is suitable for females of any skill level. (FFV) Gippsland Development Officer Mark Cassar believes the program is a winner on many fronts, “The format is perfect for those wanting to give soccer a go for the first time and it also allows those with experience to hone their skills in a modified environment. It’s very exciting for the female game.”
The program will conclude in March intentionally timed to lead into the 2016 winter soccer season. “The league in South Gippsland will introduce an under 15 Girls competition so this program will be a great stepping stone for those wanting to train and play on a regular basis. Although run in Leongatha this time, we invite all girls in South Gippsland to attend” Mark added.
GippSport are providing support through the VicHealth Regional Sport Program, as they are focusing on developing new opportunities to increase the number of people participating in sport with a particular focus on those currently inactive or who have low levels of physical activity. Program Coordinator Gene Parini believes the introduction of the Summer 7’s program is a fantastic initiative for teenage girls.
“Unfortunately, we know that girls and women are generally less active than men, particularly when it comes to participating in organised sport. We need to do more to encourage girls and women to play sport and these types of programs will provide females with fun, flexible, and social opportunities to be more active.” Said Gene.
It all kicks off on Thursday 25 February at Mary MacKillop College, Leongatha. Games will commence from 5.30pm and costs have been kept to a minimum, $20 per player for the entire program. Players will receive a promotional giveaway with their fee and an end of program BBQ is planned for the last session on Thursday 17 March.