AJAX Junior Football Club are excited to have their first ever girls team competing in season 2018.
With the increasing interest from women and girls to play AFL, AJAX were thrilled to finally be able to create and provide an opportunity for young, local girls to get involved and have a go.
With the majority of girls playing AFL for the first time, Coach Chelsea Fisher, an experienced senior player, is thrilled to be able to teach these girls some new skills and hopefully, develop their love of the game.
Though the team is competing in the Under 14’s division, Chelsea explained that there are a mixed range of ages within the side.
“We do have girls as young as 11, because it’s the first and only girls team.” she said.
“For about twenty of the girls, its their first time picking up a football. I’ll be focusing on development and fun. They need to develop skills early on for an element of safety, but I also want them to have fun and finish the season with a love of the game.”
Chelsea credits the combined efforts of AFLW and Community Clubs in regards to the increasing numbers of girls and women wanting to get involved and play AFL.
“With the release of AFLW on TV, it shows girls if they want it its there for them, and there are people to aspire to. The community support is also a big factor, with local clubs giving girls the opportunity to play from a young age, and adding more teams to accommodate that interest.”
AJAX JFC is hopeful that in the coming years they will be able to incorporate more girls teams within their club.
Unfortunately, their proposed Under 10’s side was a little short on numbers this year, but they are determined to include both Under 10 Girls and Under 14 Girls sides next season and continue to build from there.