Football has given so much to Teresa Polias and now Sydney FC’s W-League captain wants other young women to enjoy the same experiences.
St George Football Association will host a free ‘come and try’ clinic at Peakhurst Park on Wednesday, March 1 from 6pm. The clinic will be conducted by SGFA coaching staff including head of football and technical director Aytek Genc, Polias and Football NSW women and girls game development officer, Sydney FC W-League player and former Matilda Servet Uzunlar.
Polias, a St George junior with Ramsgate and Carss Park, was part of the Sky Blues side who narrowly missed out on the Premier’s Plate earlier this month before being bundled out in the semi-finals.
Football has been a massive part of the 26-year-old’s life, allowing her to represent her home city and taking her to the World Cup with the Matildas.
“The beauty of football is that it’s for everyone. No matter age, ability, size… it’s a safe game, inclusive of all, good for coordination. [You also meet] new friends, the social side of it. I couldn’t think of a better sport to be a part of and I thank my lucky stars every day that my dad got me into it back in the day,” she said.
“My brother started at about eight or nine-years-old then my twin sister and I were at the age to start playing sport and I guess [my dad] thought he’d take us down as well and I haven’t looked back.”
Polias is the St George Football Association’s female football ambassador and said she enjoyed being a role model.
“[Young girls] come up to you and ask you questions, you sign an autograph and you see the smile on their faces and they want to be involved in the game and that’s pretty rewarding,” she said.