How things have transformed over the past 5 years. The club has gone from only 2 girls in the whole club participating in ‘mixed’ (ie 99% boys!) teams to almost 50% of the entire playing group, including girls playing in AusKick and Juniors (U10’s to U16’s). This surge in popularity has enabled a group of dads that love the game to become connected again through their daughter’s interest. These dads manage the teams. assist in coaching, volunteer at games and become involved in the club’s committee.
On the ABC’s Offsiders program yesterday, Kelli Underwood hosted a great show discussing women’s sport, including the great success of the Women’s Cricket T20 World Cup and the impact that COVID as had on the various leagues, local competitions and international events since then. A specific comment from cricketing great Belinda Clarke stuck in my head, as they were discussing the ongoing future success of Women’s sport. It was related to the administration of the sports, committees, coaching and management.
She said “We need to impact the system all the way through it…. Having local coaches that are female and females on the committee is absolutely critical.”
Unfortunately at the Cats we do have a male dominated committee which does not represent the mix in our playing group. Given that the AGM is on this week, I’d encourage all the mums to give some thought to how your individual skill set and enthusiasm could assist with a more balanced & diverse approach to how the club conducts itself in the community. Come down to training on Wednesday afternoon and get involved in the high energy coaching drills and games being played. It’s through this involvement that we can maintain the Lane Cove Cats as a leading AFL club in Sydney.
The Lane Cove Cats Junior AFL Club (LCCJAC) Annual General Meeting is being held 7.30 pm Wednesday 10 March 2021
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