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Bridget Barker — Sport and Recreation Coordinator at the North Melbourne Football Club — has been named the AFL’s Woman of the Year (Emerging Leader’s category) for her work with young women in the game

Barker, a 2015 SMJFL Interleague Coach and current coach and coordinator at Melbourne University’s Women’s Football Club, received the accolade at the AFL Woman of the Year Awards.

North Melbourne nominated Barker for the award due to Barker’s incredible dedication to the progression of women’s football. Barker does work within NMFC at The Huddle, which is North’s educational and community facility.

“Bridget works tirelessly in women’s football and is incredibly passionate about growing the game,” North Melbourne’s Managing Director and CEO Carl Dilena said on

Barker after receiving her award. Photo: The Huddle, North Melbourne FC.

Barker after receiving her award. Photo: The Huddle, North Melbourne FC.

Barker believes her most powerful work of is encouraging young women from different cultures to enjoy the game.

“Something I’m most proud of is that through my work at The Huddle, I’ve been able to encourage young women from ‘non-traditional’ AFL backgrounds to play in the local competition, enhancing social cohesion through sport,” Barker said on

Barker was awarded the prestigious prize at the AFL Woman of the Year awards at Crown Palladium on October 1.

Congratulations Bridget Barker on your outstanding achievement and good luck in all of your future endeavours in women’s football.

See more of the work Bridget does with NMFC here.