Sydney FC joined forces with Charity Partner Football United and Football NSW on Thursday 9 March to celebrate Female Football Week and International Women’s Day at Valentines Sports Park.
All three parties coordinated a select few female participants from local schools who were invited to take part in a day of fun team building and football activities.
The purpose of the event was to provide opportunities for female participants of the Football United and Creating Chances programs, with an interest in sport (especially football) to connect girls from different communities, play team building football games and be inspired by role models from Football United, Creating Chances, Football NSW and Sydney FC.
Nearly 70 female students from Matraville Sports HS, Miller Technology HS, Official Australian National Sports Soccer Club, Arthur Phillip HS and Kingswood HS took part in the day with the Sky Blues Community Team and Westfield W-League players Servet Uzunlar, Gabe Marzano and Olivia Price in attendance.
Sydney FC star Olivia Price said it was great to see so many participants on the day.
“It was a fun day, it was good to see all the younger girls get involved, especially the ones who hadn’t played football before,” she said.
“I thought it was a fun day, well organised, it looked like everyone enjoyed themselves and it’s always good to see more girls getting involved in the sport.”
Football United and Creating Chances believe in the importance of providing opportunities for our youth to interact with inspiring female leaders, particularly on a day which celebrates the achievements of women.
One of their core focus areas is women and girls empowerment through football with the Strong Women Strong World initiative.
Football United focusses on building the capacity of young women from diverse communities, the skills required to navigate life effectively and contribute to the wider Australian community as agents of positive social.