Forest Junior AFL is excited to let all girls aged 10 to 18 know that they can now be registering to play AFL with the Club in 2017.
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 will join a new team being established at Forest JAFL for the 2017 season.
Subject to Forest having enough numbers to establish their own team, girls will be encouraged to play under permit with the existing Pittwater JAFL team that has enjoyed a successful few seasons.
Girls will join an existing team, a composite (JV) team between Forest and Pittwater Junior AFL clubs, known as the Northern Phoenix. The Phoenix had a successful inaugural season, losing the Preliminary Final to finish third for the year.
Girls in the Forest aged between 10 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.
This national competition, known as AFL Womens, starts in February 2017 with the GWS Giants fielding a team in the inaugural season. This new AFL Womens competition is spearheading a broader push for more girls and women to play AFL across Australia. The talent pool of current and future players will be supported locally by elite training academies, centred on the both the GWS Giants and Sydney Swans AFL clubs, for those girls that want to strive for top performance. Athletics, basketball, surf lifesaving and touch football are examples of sports where girls have the athleticism and robustness to do very well at AFL.