Record numbers for Bankwest Girls Day Out

Photos: Football West News

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A record number of players have taken part in this year’s Bankwest Girls Day Out at nib Stadium where Perth Glory Women players also joined in the fun.

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More than 150 youngsters registered for the free event, which was overseen by Football West Women’s Development Officer and former Glory midfielder Elisa D’Ovidio.

Attendees were treated to fun coaching sessions conducted by Glory assistant coach Tanya Oxtoby, Football West Development Officer Garry Church, Salv Todaro (U12 Skill Acquisition Program), Darren Young (U13 National Training Centre) and Faye Chambers (U10 SAP).

Several players from the NTC U19 team were also on hand to assist with coaching.

D’Ovidio said the increased interest in the Bankwest Girls Day Out was a reflection of the overall growth in the women’s game.

“It’s growing every year and this was a record-breaking year for us,” D’Ovidio said. “The most important thing is to have the girls come down and enjoy the sport with girls. They get to be themselves without any pressure on them to perform to particular standards.”

But while the emphasis was on participation, D’Ovidio said the session was also a useful tool for identifying future talent.

“It gives us a chance to see girls who we don’t necessarily get to see throughout the year. And there’s the potential for some girls to be invited into our development programs.”

D’Ovidio was grateful to the input of sponsors, coaches and volunteers, whose contributions ensured the event continued to be run without cost to the participants.

“Without the help of our sponsors and the people behind the scenes our coaches and volunteers this event wouldn’t be possible,” she said.

Each participant received a gift bag containing a Bankwest t-shirt, drink bottle, novelty ball, poster and Smarter Than Smoking sunglasses and clapper.