Soccer Mums initiative gains momentum during Female Football Week

Victorian Women embrace new program

Soccer Mums, an initiative of VicHealth and proudly presented by Football Federation Victoria and Melbourne City FC, provided Victorian Women with a number of opportunities to participate in Soccer Mums activities during Female Football Week.

Delivered to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8, Female Football Week (FFW) is a nationwide initiative that celebrates the growth of women’s football and acknowledges the important role women play in developing the game both on and off the park. It’s a time for the Victorian Football Community to bring focus to an area of the game that provides football with its greatest growth opportunity.

The key activities that took place during FFW included:

Friday 2 March

  • To launch the Female Football Week activities, 10 Mums participating in pre-match and halftime activations at the Melbourne Derby. This was a great way to showcase the program to the wider public and a brilliant experience for the mums who participated. Sam Stallbaum and Deb Thomas, together with Kat Deans, ensured that the mums had a great experience on and off the pitch, with smiles and laughter constant during the evening. The Project Manager, Jen Willmott was interviewed at half-time to provide further information about the program and a 30 second video depicting the program was also shown on the big screen.

Saturday 3 March

  • Soccer Mums hosted an information stand at the Knox Festival, hosted by Knox City Council. Melbourne City FC brought along an inflatable football field to provide fun activities for all ages, with mums, dads, adults, teenagers and kids all enjoying a quick kick around in the 35 degree heat. Knox City FC was also present, with members of their Women’s State League Team providing assistance on the day.

Sunday 4 March

  • The Brimbank Female Football Festival hosted a number of female only football activities. Melbourne City ran two City Girls Clinics, ALDI MiniRoos ran two MiniRoos Kick Off Programs and a Female Only MiniRoos Coaching Certificate, and there was a 7-a-side Female Only tournament. Soccer Mums also ran a session, with 2 Mums arriving for the program. By bringing in two Melbourne City Volunteers, we were able to provide the ladies with a taste of the Soccer Mums program, and there is now a real push to see if Soccer Mums can be held at Keilor Park.

Monday 5 March

  • Monbulk Rangers SC held their first Monday Session of their 6 week program, with 5 Mums participating in the Session.
  • Knox Regional Football Centre’s Monday program presented their forth session in the program with 11 Mums participating.

Tuesday 6 March

  • Banyule City SC, who are striving to increase their female participation hosted a Female Football Festival with Melbourne City bringing their Inflatable Football Field and the W-League Trophy, they also ran a City Girls Clinic. ALDI MiniRoos was also present, running a Girls Only MiniRoos Kick Off Session with 11 Girls! Soccer Mums ran 2 Session with 10 mums, there was a lot of laughter and fun whilst the mums learnt the basics of Soccer!

Wednesday 7 March

  • Monbulk Rangers ran their first session of their 6 Week Wednesday program, with 4 Mums participating.
  • The forth Session for the Soccer Mums Knox Regional Football Centre Program had their biggest attendance of the program so far with 9 mums participating in the session, two brand new participants joining for their first experience of soccer!

  • Hampton Park United Sparrows held a FREE Come and Try Soccer Mums Session, with 4 mums and their daughters participating in the session. With their female only training night encouraging women to participate in their first soccer session.

Thursday 8 March

  • International Women’s Day saw an outstanding turnout at the Boroondara Eagles first session, with 14 Mums participating in the first session of a four week introduction program. Lots of laughter and fun was evident throughout the session.

Female Football Week Soccer Mums activations saw 55 Different mums participate in Soccer Mums sessions, across 7 different venues.

A big shout out to our amazing Deliverers and clubs:

  • Deb Thomas, who assisted with the Melbourne Derby pre-match and halftime activities
  • Ewa Wallis who delivered both sessions at Monbulk Rangers SC
  • Sam Stallbaum, who assisted with the Melbourne Derby pre-match and halftime activities and delivered both Soccer Mums Sessions at Knox Regional Football Centre
  • Rocio Brito, who is the deliverer at Banyule City SC
  • Cheree Appledore who delivered the Soccer Mums Session at Hampton Park United Sparrows
  • Darren and Angela Bridges, who are each other’s better halves and delivered the session at Boroondara Eagles
  • Annabel Finch, Melbourne City FC for all of her support during the big week of activities

The Soccer Mums team would like to thank all the Mums for coming to the sessions and joining in the fun!

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