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Girls learn the joys of football

Janice Lacy and Woolgoolga High students Keely Thompson, Jasmin Courtenay, Zoe Thomas and Meree Houbert thrilled St Francis Xavier Primary students with a girls’ football clinic.
Janice Lacy and Woolgoolga High students Keely Thompson, Jasmin Courtenay, Zoe Thomas and Meree Houbert thrilled St Francis Xavier Primary students with a girls’ football clinic. SUBMITTED

WITH the new football season about to kick off, Woolgoolga High School is using its resources to whip up interest among potential junior female players by sending several of its senior girls to local primary schools, where they have been running clinics.

Physical education teacher Janice Lacy, who is secretary of the Woolgoolga club, has been visiting schools in the district that feed into Woolgoolga High in order to get young girls to fall in love with the world game.

The target is girls under 10, because they are the least-represented demographic in a club with more than 100 female players.

“Football is the fastest-growing female sport, but generally girls don’t start until they are older than 10. We want to encourage them to play earlier,” Lacy said.

With this in mind Lacy hit the road with four leading Woolgoolga first grade players, Jasmin Courtenay, Meree Houbert, Keely Thompson and Zoe Thomas, who are all students at Woolgoolga High.

For two hours the older girls put the younger girls at Sandy Beach, St Francis Xavier and Mullaway through a series of drills, mostly kicking, trapping and passing.



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