Female ALDI MiniRoos football rocks Victoria as Matildas come to town

Victoria treated to a visit from the Westfield Matildas in November, who battled it out with China in Melbourne and Geelong.

Alen Stajcic’s team has been in impressive form of late, and turned on the show with a 3-0 victory in Melbourne, and a 5-1 victory in Geelong. Newly crowned AFC Women’s Player of the Year Samantha Kerr played a starring role, netting four goals across the two games.

The visit of the Matildas was a great opportunity for FFV to promote women and girls football, with a number of ALDI MiniRoos activations and events taking place across the week.

The week included two Female ALDI MiniRoos Days, one in Melbourne on Sunday 19th November and one in Geelong on Saturday 25th November. The purpose of the day is to provide an opportunity to women and girls, and celebrate all things female ALDI MiniRoos. Across the two events we accredited 40 new female ALDI MiniRoos coaches, and had over 150 ALDI MiniRoos girls partake in a free ALDI MiniRoos Girls Only Kick-Off session. Westfield Matildas stars Katrina Gorry, Steph Catley, Emily van Egmond, Tameka Butt, Caitlin Foord and Larissa Crummer were special guest appearances across the events, engaging in the sessions with the girls, taking photos and signing autographs for those in attendance! To check out photos from the Melbourne Female ALDI MiniRoos Day, check out our FACEBOOK PAGE!

On Friday 24th November, local primary schools spent the morning at Howard Glover Reserve in Geelong, participating in small sided games and giving football a go. Over 100 kids from the Geelong area were engaged on the day, and were provided the opportunity to meet Westfield Matildas stars Hayley Raso, Katrina Gorry, Elise Kellond-Knight, Ellie Carpenter and Amy Harrison.

Across the two matches at AAMI Park (Melbourne) and GMHBA Stadium (Geelong), 131 ALDI MiniRoos girls were provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part as Half Time Heroes, 44 girls walked out with the players as mascots, and 62 girls took on flag bearer and centre circle banner waving responsibilities. Prior to the games, over 1,000 kids from local primary schools were also provided the opportunity to march around the ground in the respective March Pasts. Thank you to all of the local Victorian clubs, ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off sites and primary schools who participated in the activations for their support!

With the Matildas on the brink of challenging for the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, there are exciting times ahead for Female ALDI MiniRoos football. If you are involved in a local club and looking to improve your ALDI MiniRoos offering, are a potential coach that would like to become accredited, or have a child that is interested in giving football a go, please contact the FFV ALDI MiniRoos Team at miniroos@ffv.org.au or on 9474 1808.

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