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Lancefield Football Netball Club, LFNC, will field a women’s football side in 2024, securing former Collingwood AFLW assistant and midfield coach Chris Clifton to lead the inaugural side.

Clifton has more than 15 years coaching experience including three premierships and being a member of the team that took Collingwood to their first AFLW finals campaign, as well as being named ACT Women’s Team Coach of the Year in 2019 and NSW/Act senior coach of the year in 2018.

Being a part of the successful AFLW program and having experiences within talent pathways and AFL academies, Clifton has developed a good understanding of what is needed in a high-performance environment.

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He is passionate about improving others and developing growth within the team and players.

LFNC president Joe Schembri said the move highlighted how seriously the club was approaching women’s football.

“We’re thrilled to put our hand up and start a women’s program,” he said.

“We have a number of junior girls’ sides but previously there hasn’t been a women’s side for them to advance to. Well, we decided to fix that.

“Having someone like Chris at the helm, with all the experience and success he brings, means we can build something to give players in this district the chance to be the best they can be.”

The announcement of the women’s team comes on the back of a resurgence at the club after a much-improved showing from the senior men’s team under coach Tim Bannan last season.

Meanwhile in netball, the club has attracted former Riddell District Football Netball League premiership winner and coach of the year recipient Ciara Stewart to coach A and B grade.

“We’ve got a great group of people surrounding our club. Five netball teams for the first time ever, three male football teams and now a women’s football side – it’s an incredible achievement for a club of our size,” Schembri said.

“The place is bursting at the seams and I know everyone is really excited about welcoming our new women’s footballers.

“Sure, we want to win as many games as possible and develop our players to be the best they can be, but make no mistake, we want everyone to have as much fun as possible too.

“We’re putting the call out for trainers, assistant coaches, plenty of general volunteers – indeed anyone who wants to get involved on the ground floor of women’s football in Lancefield.

“Get in touch, you don’t need any experience. We’ll train you, support you and you’ll have a lot of fun along the way.”

People interested can email the club at lancefieldfnc@gmail.com or contact team manager Emma Condron on 0416 008 150.

Training for the women’s side begins tomorrow night and Wednesday, December 13 at 6.30pm before a Christmas break.

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