The rise of women’s football in Australia continues in the Hunter Valley this weekend.
On the back of a successful Olympic qualification campaign by the Matildas, an open invitation has been issued to all young female players to attend a coaching clinic at Lochinvar on Saturday.
It will be conducted by Newcastle Jets W-League duo Jenna Kingsley and Cassidy Davis.
“This will be a great opportunity for young females to come along and learn all the pathways of which football can lead to,” Northern NSW female participation officer Nyssa Suchanow said.
“As well as being able to register to play for season 2016.”
Sessions kick-off at 10am and wrap up around noon.
There will be four 20 minute sets aimed at specific age groups – under 6/7, under 8/9, under 10/11 and under 12/13.
Each individual group will be given autograph and photo opportunities.
The Jets narrowly missed the semi-finals this season with Kingsley and Davis key players in the W-League squad.
Kingsley plays up front and Davis in the midfield.
Former Jets captain and one of the club’s foundation players, Emily van Egmond, this week helped secure Australia their first women’s Olympic qualification since 2004.
Van Egmond played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 victory over North Korea in Osaka on Monday night.
Current Jets midfielder Chloe Logarzo played the opening 54 minutes.
This result maintained an unbeaten record at the tournament for the Matildas, which included a win over London silver medallists Japan.
The girls in green and gold have a final round clash with China overnight Wednesday.
In other football news, the Northern NSW Women’s Premier League starts this weekend.
10am – 20 minute session for under-6 and under-17 players
10.30am – 20 minute session for under-8 and under-9 players
11am – 20 minute session for under-10 and under-11 players
11.30am – 20 minute session for under-12 and under-13 players
*All individual sessions followed by photo and autograph opportunities