A networking evening that coincides with the Herald Women’s Premier League Match of the Round will headline Northern NSW Football’s 2021 Female Football Week celebrations.
NNSWF’s Female Football Week will run from Saturday 19 June to Sunday 27 June, giving the football community the chance to celebrate the immense growth of the women’s game and acknowledge female players, coaches, referees and administrators in football.
While the National Female Football Week was held to coincide with International Women’s Day in March, NNSWF’s Female Football Week is celebrated in season.
The marquee event of the week is the networking evening to be held at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on Saturday 26 June.
The night will celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of women in football as well as volunteers who have donated hours of service to growing and improving the game for women and girls across northern NSW.
NNSWF will announce its 2021 Female Football Week award winners at the event, as well as the recipients of the 2021 ‘C’ Licence Scholarship for Women.
The Herald Women’s Premier League Match of the Round between Adamstown Rosebud JFC and Warners Bay FC will follow the networking evening, with the fixture to be played on the grass pitch at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.
In addition to the networking evening, Northern NSW Football will host another 11 events across the week including a Newcastle Permanent Coaching Masterclass conducted by Football Australia’s Girls Youth Development Manager Debbie Fisher, while FIFA listed referee Kate Jacewicz will conduct a Referee Masterclass.
Jacewicz will then lead an all-female team of match officials to take charge of the NPL NNSW Match of the Round between Maitland FC and Newcastle Olympic at Cooks Square Park. This will be the first time an all-female match official team has officiated a NPL NNSW fixture.
“Female Football Week is our opportunity to celebrate the significant contribution that women and girls make to football across northern NSW,” Northern NSW Football Female Participation and Inclusion Officer Annelise Rosnell said.
“Women and girls have made massive progress in football across northern NSW in recent years and we want to acknowledge that.
“We are holding 10 events across the week with the networking evening being the marquee event where our football community will come together to celebrate the growth and accomplishments of women’s and girls’ football as well as listen to a couple of wonderful guest speakers.”
There will be another 43 Female Football Week events run by northern NSW clubs during the week.
For a full list of events and more information visit northernnswfootball.com.au/female-football-week