Hot on the heels of the announcement that Macarthur South West Sydney will be getting its very own A-League team, Macarthur school girls will be able to play in an all-girls competition for the first time thanks to the introduction of a girls ALDI MiniRoos program in 2019.
The Macarthur Football Association (MFA) is looking to provide even more opportunities for the young women in the Macarthur region to take up the world game.
Girls participation in football has grown steadily throughout Australia, and while MFA has enjoyed the benefits of that growth, MFA General Manager Salv Carmusciano hopes the introduction of an all-girls MiniRoos program will help to fuel the fire.
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Girls-only Leagues will be a first for our association at those age groups.Salv Carmusciano, General Manager Macarthur Football Association
“The structure of MiniRoos provides the perfect introduction for new players,” he said. “We understand most primary-aged girls would prefer to play in teams with other girls or their friends and against other girls. MiniRoos makes it easy to do.
“Girls-only Leagues will be a first for our association at those age groups. If we provide the right environment during the primary years, we’ll attract new girls and retain them in future years.”
The MFA is encouraging its 23 clubs to recruit girls between under-6 and 9 ages to form girls-only teams by waiving team registration fees for all girls’ teams in the MiniRoos competition.
“To encourage clubs to form girls-only teams as a priority, we are offering free team entry for all MiniRoos girls U6–U9 teams,” Mr Carmusciano said. “Further to this, we won’t charge the club for the equivalent number of MiniRoos boys teams they enter within the same age category.
“If they enter one U6, one U8, two U9 girls teams, they won’t have to pay team entry fees for one U6, one U8 and two U9 boys teams.”
Affordability has been a point of contention for players and parents this season and the MFA has committed to doing its bit to combat rising costs by subsidising its own fees to combat the increase in the FFA's National Registration Fee.
“We understand the cost of football/sport is an issue that may be preventing participation and we just thought it was the right thing to do. It’s a small gesture and we hope that our clubs will consider following suit,” he said.