New team driving women's and girls' football at ACE is aiming for the top
THERE'S a new team driving women’s and girls’ football at ACE.
Greg Bradley, pictured left, is now Director of Women’s Football at ACE, working closely with Matt Van Daalen, pictured right, coach of the ACE senior women’s team.
They are currently running free coaching sessions on Thursday nights at South Pine Sports Complex, Brendale for girls and women from Under 12 to Seniors.
The first session was popular with dozens of players turning up. Under 12-14 runs from 5.30-7pm and Under 15-Opens from 7-8.30pm
Greg will coach the ACE Under 13 girls’ team next season, Matt will be in charge of the ACE seniors and the under 12s.
“We want to promote girls’ and women’s football and help the emerging talent we are seeing,” said Greg, who is also the ACE Senior Vice-President.
“We want to get this part of our club right. We want to have the right people, with the right support and set-up for our players.
"We see women's and girls' football as a potential huge growth area and we want to look after the girls and support them to enjoy their football and grow as players.
“We’ll be running teams in each age group from Under 12 to Under 16 as well as seniors. That’s six divisions and we want to be number one in each.
“The free coaching sessions will run for another five weeks to give new players a chance to look at our club and others to get back in to the swing of things. Everyone is welcome.”
The ACE Senior Women’s team will be in Capital League 1 next season, which is effectively the third tier in Queensland.
There is a young base to the squad, which Matt has been coaching for the last three seasons and is open to new players.
ACE are looking to get the senior women’s squad settled before Christmas. Any players interested should contact Greg on firstname.lastname@example.org