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Lancefield on look-out to fill girls’ football teams

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Lancefield Junior Football Netball Club, LJFNC, is on the lookout for girls aged between 10 and 18 to join its junior and youth girls’ football teams.

LJFNC launched a girls’ football team in 2021, and is now excited to be back for a third Riddell District Football League season.

Football coordinator Jacqui Green said girls wanting to join did not require prior football experience.

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“Many of our players came to us at the beginning of our journey, never having held a football and with limited knowledge of the game,” she said.

“[The club] creates opportunities to meet new friends, socialise and build connections, provides a safe family environment for local girls to learn a new skill set, provides access to mentors and role models, builds confidence [and] encourages all fitness levels, size and body shapes – everyone can play footy.”

The club hosted specific development programs for the girls’ side in 2022, including Malcom Bangs’ tackling and performance sessions, and tailored devlopment program and visit from Melbourne AFLW players.

“It was our fundamental skill sets worked on at twice-weekly training sessions and continuous team building that saw our players’ confidence grow over the seasons,” Green said.

“Our club has seen first-hand how football can make an immeasurable difference in young girls’ lives.”

Veteran female footballer Lisa Borg will coach the girls’ teams this season.

Pre-season training has begun, with girls encouraged to attend on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at the Lancefield Oval after registering.

For more information, people can visit LJFNC’s website or their Facebook page.

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