I have been involved in competitive sport my whole life, predominately basketball and netball. My involvement in soccer came much later in life as a result of a Northern Irish husband and 4 children who all began playing as 5-year olds. In the last 10 years I have become a soccer player, coach, soccer mum, secretary and am now currently president of the Phillip Island soccer club, as well as a chiropractor and an early childhood teacher. Life pre-covid revolved around soccer, plus the other sports our children played. On a typical weekend we would drive 100s of kms to play or watch the kids. This would have been our third season with a daughter playing WNPL and the first for our son playing NPL. Covid has resulted in less kms in the car for us in 2020!
I have always been passionate about girls playing sport and ensuring they have as many opportunities as boys. The lack of coaches can be a problem in all sports, and I have put my hand up to ensure that my girls and their friends can experience female coaches as well as males.
As a club we are committed to increasing female participation and are in the unusual position of having all the executive roles this year held by females. We are constantly working towards gender equality in the club, even against the inevitable push back that can occur. Last year our club held an Orange round to focus on gender equality and the prevention of violence against women, it was strongly supported by club members and the community.
I decided to join this project so I can learn more about how we can engage young girls and women in sport and keep them there. To make sustainable changes in female participation in our football community.
Born in Serbia and migrating to Australia as a child, football was part of my upbringing as it was the sport that brought migrants together in Australia. Sadly I lost touch with the sport whilst developing my professional career which has expanded for over 25 years as financial controller of a business in the manufacturing industry.
My children’s involvement in sport has reintroduced me to football from a different perspective. Seeing the need for growth I took the opportunity to be involved in the development of a new club within South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, I wear many hats within this newly formed Club including Treasurer, Secretary and Assistant Coach.
It was through an amazing opportunity with Football Victoria that I became part of the inaugural Female Leadership Program in 2019 where I found my passion for wanting to grow female participation in Football.
2020 has given me further opportunity to be part of Football Victoria’s newly formed Go Girls! Steering Committee which will promote the sport to young girls within our community. Currently in development stage is a Cardinia Women’s Sports Network to help guide other women to increase female participation in sport within the shire.
Being involved with the Change Makers Program will give me a platform to help further my cause of building not just the sport of Football into my community but more importantly introducing young females to the sport. Many of whom have come from a cultural background where women are not generally introduced to sports.
I am the Deputy Chair of the Geelong Women’s Task Force having being part of the group since its incept in 2016, where club representatives come together to consult and collaborate, raise the profile and create opportunities in football, for women and girls in the Geelong region. I am a member of the Geelong Region Soccer Committee, female football director, and part of the technical development team at Bell Park SC. I have a passion to make change, advocate for gender equality and encourage female participation in all facets of community football.
Growing up in a football loving family yet being advised at a young age “girls don’t play soccer”, inspired me to be involved in any way that I could, albeit from the sidelines until I was able to play! In addition to my role with GWTF and Bell Park SC, I have supported coaches in team manager roles; delivered VicHealth Soccer Mums program; Country Champs U12 Girls Coach (2018 & 2019); Assistant Coach Girls TIDC Program Geelong; currently a member of FootballVictoria Steering Committee for a new pilot program “GoGirls” and play community “social” football for Bellarine Sharks Division 2 team. My most rewarding role is coaching U12 Girls Country Champs team, encouraging girls to aim high, overcome obstacles and have fun playing the sport they love. I believe football and sport enriches our lives and brings people, communities, and families together. We can all play a part to empower inclusion, aspire and contribute to lasting change and equality.
I have always been a passionate player of sport and as a girl of the 80’s and 90’s we were encouraged to multi sport, give everything a go, as long as it was netball, hockey, ballet or athletics! Starting high school in 1990 there were no girls soccer teams, so I started one. We were given the boys old rugby uniforms, we had to find our own coach and trial our own players for the team, but we did it and created what went on to be a very successful and competitive team for years to come. We helped create positive change.
Back then, I never really thought much about the fact that there were less opportunities for girls to play certain sports, or few female role models for young people to look up to. It was just how it was. Well, no more!! Having raised a son who is a passionate soccer player and still playing at 21 and has followed in my footsteps volunteering to coach and assist at our home club in NZ, I feel as though I have successfully passed the passion for the game and the community on to him.
It is well and truly time for equity in sport and I feel that the Changemaker Project is a wonderful catalyst for understanding, creating and sustaining clubs and communities to make this a reality. The conversations are started, the fuel ignited and the people ready! Let’s do this!!
After moving to Ballarat when I was 4, with British parents it was a bit of a no brainer that we were always destined to play football no matter whether we enjoyed it or not. Since the age of 5 I have played across various age groups, clubs and competitions in Ballarat Local & State Divisions and I have seen how female football can succeed when run efficiently.
I’m the senior ladies’ coach, player, current club treasurer, past president, of Wodonga Diamonds FC, based in regional Victoria. I have been a member of this club for the last 9 years, with both my daughter, my wife and myself active participants.
Taking on the role in 2019 as women’s coordinator, I am passionate about engaging more females of all ages and abilities to get involved in football.
As a coach, mentor and player, I am always looking for ways to improve myself. Earlier this year I completed my Coaching C-Licence and plain to use this knowledge to further female participation in the sport via an all-inclusive summer program.
Having always had a passion for team sport I grew up playing Soccer, Australian Rules and Rugby league. I strongly believe that team sports help to build confidence, friendships and has some very significant health benefits, this being particularly true for females.
I love women & girls football – when I think back to my childhood when I wasn’t allowed to play sport outside of school, I feel such regret at the missed opportunities. So now I am driven to create opportunities for girls and women to play football in ways that work for them & to grow the capacity of women in our community to lead within our club. I’ve studied Sport & Recreation Administration through a Change our Game Scholarship which enhanced my understanding of governance, programming & leadership in a club setting.
I immersed myself in playing football just before I became a mother & missed it terribly when I stopped playing due to injury & being a busy mum working outside of the home. I reconnected again through mixed futsal & becoming a Soccer Mums Deliverer at my son’s club Brunswick City SC & working for Melbourne City FC to support clubs to develop the Soccer Mums program. Working with the clubs gave me insight into the willingness many clubs have to offer more social programs for women & girls but who struggle to turn those intentions into action. So I want to be a part of the change, starting with my own club Brunswick City SC.
Growing up with two older brothers and a father who lived and breathed football, it was only natural that I follow in their footsteps. From watching Liverpool and Man United to the rough and tough backyard games with my brothers, I knew that I wanted to play football just like they did for my school and a club.
Unfortunately at my high school, women’s football had yet to be organized but I found an opportunity to set up my schools team with other like minded women who wanted something more than just the expected women’s sports of Netball and tennis. This led to the creation of the school’s women’s football team which I was fortunate to play in until I finished year 12 and I am proud to say continues to this day. That was 14 years ago, and it is amazing that I am still playing today with Watsonia Heights FC who have given me the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic program. I have always strived to be a leader on field as the reliable defender who always put the team first before personal accolades and a leader off field helping with the game days and club events. Watsonia Heights FC is a leader in our community for junior development of girl’s football and they are creating a pathway to senior women’s football with their current program. I am optimistic that with this program we can continue to be a leader of the football community and achieve the goal of creating a 50/50 participation in our club.
I am the club secretary and registrar for Geelong Rangers Soccer Club, based in the northern suburbs of Geelong. I have been a member at the club for the last 6 years, with both of my son’s playing at Myers Reserve. Over the last 2 years the club has grown its female participation, with teams competing in most age groups and I have a drive and passion to continue this in coming years.
I am an inaugural member of the Football Victoria Female Administration program and have more recently taken on the role of Tournament Director for the Country League Football Association Victorian Country Championships in June 2021. This will see over 1200 players and their families descend on the Geelong region for a fantastic festival of football weekend. I am a member of the Geelong Region Football Committee, Assistant coach at club and representative level and now a ‘Change Maker’ for female football through this program.
Growing up in the UK, I competed at State level in swimming but since having children our passion switched to football, with my 2 boys playing from a very early age. We are all Manchester United fans and have watched them live many times, even travelling to Perth last year when they visited. We moved to Australia 6 years ago and have been involved at Geelong Rangers every since, starting as a new expat watching on the sidelines to committee member. I have always had a passion for volunteering and helping others and challenging others ways of thinking. I have a pet hate for the phrase “that’s the way it’s always been” I believe football and community sport brings together people of all ages and abilities. It builds confidence, friendships and health benefits and we all have a part to play in shaping the future of equity in sport.
I have played football all my life, and been involved in coaching for over ten years now.
I helped to launch the Junior program at Collingwood City eight years ago, as well as introducing our female program six years ago, which I am proud to say has grown to over 100 players. I am currently a Technical Director at the club, as well as coach of our Senior Women’s side.
I am extremely passionate about developing players through fun and engaging sessions, to help players reach their full potential, whilst keeping as many players in the game as possible.
Since the inception of our Club’s female program, I have been significantly invested in growing this as much as possible, and drawing as many girls and women into playing football as we can.
I believe it is imperative that we begin to change attitudes towards women’s football and implement change to develop a sustainable model that caters for girls of all abilities, helping to both draw more females into the sport, as well as keeping them playing.
I am a mum of 2 boys aged 8 & 12 and work full time in a Senior HR Leadership role. I have had the opportunity to play for a number of football clubs over the years, each of which hosting a wonderful environment for female footballers. My boys’ involvement in football has given me the opportunity to reconnect with the game and play my part in changing the narrative. I have been and continue to coach boys and girls playing an active role in ensuring the environment provides for a continued love of the game for our children.
I am also a member of the Preston Lions Football Club advisory board playing an active role in growing participation in the game but more importantly increasing female participation at all ages. Being involved in the Change Makers Project will provide me with a greater network to collectively problem solve an issue that I am deeply passionate about.
Born and raised in the UK, football has been a big part of my life ever since 8-year-old me first witnessed Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne weaving his magic for Spurs and England back in the early 1990s. An enthusiastic (though admittedly limited) player, I’ve played at an amateur level in Germany, Singapore and most recently Australia, where I played in the Victorian State and Metropolitan Leagues for Kings Domain.
The last three years have seen me move into coaching, first at Kings Domain and more recently at Port Melbourne SC, whom I joined as Head of Women’s Football and Senior Coach in 2018 with the mission to relaunch their female football programme. We currently have 40 players across two senior teams, and plan to add juniors in the coming years as we strive to become a club of choice for women and girls.
Away from football, I work as a Delivery Lead for global software consultancy ThoughtWorks, where building diverse, high performance teams is my vocation. In an industry that is overwhelmingly male dominated, ThoughtWorks, after much hard work and a lot of determination, has achieved 50% female and minority gender representation in its Australian workforce. This gives me hope and belief that we as a football community can do the same, making FV’s 2027 goal a reality.
I am hopeful that the Change Makers Program will arm me with tools to enable me – and more importantly my club – to drive real positive change, while also providing an opportunity to learn and challenge my own beliefs and opinions.
I have never played soccer (football). It wasn’t a sport option at the school I attended in a small country town in NSW. I did play netball, softball, basketball and hockey. I loved team sports and being outdoors. If soccer was an option, I’m sure I would have played it also. Today, my choice of “sport” is cycling, a good non-contact activity for those with older bones.
I have come into the world of soccer via my daughter who started playing during her Year 7. She had pestered me occasionally through Year 5 & 6 to play but I resisted. I didn’t really have an objection to her playing, I just didn’t know much about the culture of the sport for girls and women at that time. I’m so glad my daughter’s interest for playing didn’t wane when she moved to high school. She had made some good friends and had some fantastic fun through the years at Darebin Falcons Women’s Sports Club. She is now a Senior player. I enjoyed seeing her, and her team, over 5 years (would have been 6 if pandemic didn’t happen), progress in their foot skills, determination, confidence and strength. All of their characters were being modelled by the team spirit through the wins and losses. Resilience was being built, a very valuable asset in today’s world of constant change.
I’m current a member of the Junior Soccer Committee and Team Manager of one of the senior soccer teams at Darebin Falcons. While the Club is firmly focussed on women, it’s a women’s sports club, there is an opportunity to build a stronger bridge from the junior level to seniors. Interest in continuing to play starts to drop away in the U16 age group. Retaining more 15 & 16 year olds is one key to achieving the longer term goal of 50/50 gender participation in soccer. Over the next 3 years, in the lead up to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be hosted by Australia and in New Zealand, we are presented with an ideal time to super-charge participation of women in soccer. It will be amazing!
I am a librarian at a primary school where I am passionate about empowering students to solve their problems, work collaboratively and experience the world through literature. I want all of our students to develop healthy and life-long reading habits, skills that are so important for wellbeing and their further studies.
As a mum to three children I want them to develop a similar love for sport – one that will build their overall health and wellbeing throughout their life. They all love football, so I want to help them enjoy it for life at our current community club we’ve enjoyed being members of for many years, Doncaster Rovers.
When I heard about the change makers project and the target from Football Victoria for 50/50 female participation by 2027, I might have murmured, that’s not very realistic, I know how few opportunities there are currently. The more I thought about it however, I started to consider the courage it must have taken to put this line in the sand, because there is no good reason that 50/50 participation rates are not already in place. I am excited to be part of a solution for girls and women across Football Victoria and hope the activities we explore at our club have both broad application, and local success.
My passion for female football really kicked into gear when my twin 8-year-old daughters exchanged their ballet shoes for soccer boots back in 2015. For 4 years they enjoyed playing at Yarra Jets FC and formed fantastic friendships with their female teammates. Being a community club, they highly relied on volunteers to help run the teams, so I took on the role of Team Manager. As the years passed, my daughters showed a great passion for the game and wanted to join like-minded girls, so we made the move to NPLW club FC Bulleen Lions in 2019. I am currently the Operations Manager for all the NPLW junior teams, miniroos teams and for our sister community club teams at Templestowe United FC.
My objective in getting involved was to ensure that all of our girls teams, regardless of age or skill, could get the best football experience if they choose to play with us. That they would get to enjoy football, develop new relationships and perhaps continue to play into adulthood (and then hopefully use their experience to become coaches). Overall, it would be great to have a football world where the opportunities and pathways for female players are as well funded, numerous and respected as their male counterparts.
I’m currently the General Manager at Caroline Springs George Cross FC. My involvement at George Cross stems back 30 years when my two brothers played and both my parents volunteered at the club. I have two children, a 17 year old son who plays and coaches and a 5 year old daughter who is just starting to enjoy playing the sport in a fun and interactive way via our preschool clinics.
My career background is in Project Management spanning 20 years in the finance industry and football was always a great passion of mine with many hours spent watching and volunteering at Georgies. However, a unique opportunity came when I was offered full time employment as the club’s GM. The club was growing and moving into a new state of the art facility with a fully operational restaurant and stakeholders to manage. The role has allowed me to build and deploy stability and focus within our club and maintain solid relationships within the industry.
Our club’s focus to support women in our game is strong and my role provides a unique opportunity to now drive a solid focus on our female program.
I’m a father of two with an 11 yo daughter who loves her football. It’s a beautiful game that accommodates all shapes and sizes, but has a way to go to create a better gender balance. I love that my daughter loves the game, and I want to help provide opportunities for her and her peers to create life-lasting friendships, learn the value and power of teamwork, and stay physically active for longer.
On weekdays I’m a business consultant. After hours and on weekends, I’m passionately volunteering in club committee and team management roles. I like to utilise my business/commercial skills to take a strategic and proactive approach to community sports management. I take pride in helping to create a culture of fun, inclusiveness and belonging, where everybody has a voice, and no one is more important than another. I measure success in smiles.
I’m excited for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and believe now is a spectacular time to create real change and make women’s & girl’s football a beacon of fun, friendship, physical fitness and personal development.
An experienced and knowledgeable coach with over 30 years experience as a coach. My formative coaching years were spent within the British military building my knowledge on the back of a playing career within the military and with clubs in UK, Germany and Norway.
Arriving in NZ from the UK in 2004, I established a reputation for being a forward thinking and innovative coach and have mentored many young players from playing junior football to playing senior football and beyond. I arrived in Brisbane Australia in Jan 2012 working with all levels at Redlands United, and U14/U15 boys at Brisbane City before accepting the role of Director of Coaching at Capalaba Bulldogs. I was head hunted for a short stint in Samoa with the National teams, in preparation for the WC cycle, before moving back to NZ to take the reins of a National Women’s League team in Dunedin and leading them to their best ever position. I also took King’s High School 1st XI to 15th place of 32 in the NZSS Competition, their best position since 1982.
On my return to Australia in 2019, I assisted Yarrajets FC in restructuring its coaching set up before moving to FCBulleen to assist with the NPL U20s and coach the NPL U14 teams. I took the TD role at Kingston in September which I left in February 2020.
Season 2021 will see me coaching FCBulleen U19 WNPL and assisting with the Women’s first team.
My goal has always been to improve the standard of the player by encouraging the player to be positive in their approach to the game in a fun environment.
I am a FFA B Licence holder, just completed NZF A Licence (final assessment to go), Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) Level 1 Coach, and have a current Working With Children Check.
I am currently the president of Melton Phoenix FC, a community club in my home town, where my grandfather, father and mother all played.
As a young girl, quite a while ago now, I was in the under 11 boys team at Melton and had to sit outside the change room and listen to the team talk through the door, just because I was a girl. I was asked why I didn’t do dancing or netball, but I knew football was in my DNA.
When I said one day I will play seniors, I was laughed at… this ridicule just fueled my fire pushing me to represent Victoria from age 12 to 18 and being a member of the first female NTC program in Victoria. It was also my inspiration behind becoming only the second female president of our 52 year old club.
I am more determined than ever to ensure that all young girls, such as my three nieces who play, have a great football experience and have ALL of the opportunities that MALES have. Last year myself and my committee implemented our first specific female football pathway, albeit very basic, for young girls to realise their potential as players, referees, coaches and committee/board members. The program included me coaching a “Girls Only Kinder Soccer Program”, which is the highlight of my week every Saturday morning. To be a role model, empower these little ladies and see the positive impact the game of Football has on them and their lives is such a privilege.
Together we can all make an ever-lasting change of gender equity in Football by 2027.