Funding to encourage more girls to play with Connells Point Rovers FC

Future fund: Members of the Connells Point Rovers FC with (right) president Steve Matthews and Georges River councillor Sandy Grekas.
Future fund: Members of the Connells Point Rovers FC with (right) president Steve Matthews and Georges River councillor Sandy Grekas.

The Connells Point Rovers Football Club has received $1,000 in funding from Georges River Council's Blakehurst Ward discretionary fund to encourage more girls to participate in soccer.

Blakehurst Ward Councillor Sandy Grekas donated $1,000 from the Blakehurst Ward discretionary fund to the club.

"I'm a firm supporter of encouraging more girls into sport and am pleased to give this money to Connells Point Rovers FC to grow the game locally," Councillor Grekas said.

"I grew up playing sport and it teaches so many life lessons - persistence, dedication, resilience, teamwork and how to win (and lose!) with grace.

"I hope this grant encourages local girls to play, and perhaps one day we'll be watching them in the W-League!" Cr Grekas said.

Connells Point Rovers FC president, Steve Matthews has been proactive in encouraging female players to join up, and has assigned a Female Coordinator, Lisa Da Silva, at the club to further support this effort.

"Women's football is growing from year to year, in both popularity and participation, particularly at the youth level," Mr Matthews said.

"As for anyone playing the sport, it offers tremendous health benefits and positive life lessons by instilling a sense of teamwork and collaboration.

"We have found the young female players are far more willing to reach out and ask questions of our Female Coordinator, which means that they are more likely to get the information, support and reassurance they need to stay engaged with the sport.

"If we can encourage more young girls and women into the sport, we can help gain increased support for female soccer players at a professional level," Mr Matthews said.

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