Forest Junior AFL is excited to let all girls know that they can now be registering to play AFL with the Club in 2019.
AFL is a great sport offering a unique mix of athleticism and ball skills along with the social and team work aspects that make it so much fun. Girls of all skill levels can get involved with coaching staff able to accommodate a range of skills and abilities.
Girls AFL continues to grow across Australia, across Greater Sydney and especially up our way in the Forest and Northern Beaches area, with more and more registrations across all the junior age groups.
NSW/ACT AFL has decided there will be five female age divisions in 2019:
Some interested girls have parents that are concerned by tackling or the time commitment. The tackling is easy to explain once the girls come down and experience it. The time commitment can be accommodated by recognising not all older girls will be able to get to every training, every week although that is very much the preference to help lift skills and build a sense of belonging and teamwork.
Girls in the Forest aged between 8 to 18 have the opportunity to "get in on the Ground Floor", at an exciting time in the development of Girls AFL in our region, with a clear pathway to a national competition for any girls that want to take their sport as far as possible.
The cost of girls registrations for 2019 is $120 per player. Details for the NSW Government's Active Kids voucher, for each school-aged child (K-12) to the value of $100 to be used to subsidise sporting club registrations, is also on our website.
Forest AFL offers a great environment for any school-age players, boys or girls, looking to play AFL, recently becoming a focal point for girls looking to play the code in our part of Sydney.
Facilities: Lionel Watts Reserve on Blackbutts Road in Frenchs Forest has been our home for over 40 years and is about to be transformed, at the end of the 2018 season, into an all-weather surface, by the Northern Beaches Council.
Forest AFL has access to Lionel Watts Reserve for training every week of the season and for hosting our Home games, every second week.
Lionel Watts is currently undergoing a makeover so please take note that training venues may change. Refer to the Training section for more information on days and times.
This approach will give a real female presence at the Club and highlight this to the wider community, while also offering more flexibility around training schedules/exercises tailored for girls, with a platform for transition and development through the pathway to playing senior football and even AFLW for those that want to realise their dreams.
The 2019 Greater Sydney Junior AFL season starts on Sunday April 7th, concluding with Finals in early to mid August, with a few breaks throughout, for school holidays. More information will follow in coming weeks.