Girls day out program proves a hit

Football West’s inaugural Smarter than Smoking Girls Day Out program exceeded all expectations with a fantastic turnout throughout October.

Football West-s inaugural Smarter than Smoking Girls Day Out program exceeded all expectations with a fantastic turnout throughout October.

The Smarter than Smoking Girls Day Out was held at Gibbney Reserve in Maylands, with Futsal and Skills clinics taken by Perth Glory Women players.

Almost 100 young girls from the ages of 9-14 turned out in force for the program organised by Perth Glory Women Team Manager Lea Stinton.

Westfield W-League stars including Elisa D-Ovidio, Marianna Tabain, 2009/10 Perth Glory Women Most Glorious Player Shannon May and club captain Tanya Oxtoby were all on show over the three weekends as young girls experienced first-hand coaching from their heroes.

Former Westfield Matildas goalkeeper Tracey Wheeler was also on hand to take the goalkeeping clinics, while Under 13 State coach Jessine Bonzas took the Junior License coaching course.

Smarter than Smoking provided plenty of giveaways throughout the program and all of the girls received tickets to several upcoming Perth Glory Women matches, including the season opener against Canberra United on November 7 at Inglewood-s 6PR Stadium.

D-Ovidio says the program was a rewarding experience for all involved.

“The Smarter than Smoking Girls Day Out was a great success and we all enjoyed being a part of such a great initiative,” she said.

“It was fantastic to see so many young girls coming down wanting to learn and have fun, which is the most important thing.

“Smarter than Smoking continues to support women-s football and we hope to see these girls playing football long in the future.”