Tuesday night football arrives
IN A quest to attract more women to the game, Gympie Football has moved the women's competition to a Tuesday night.
The move is a first for Gympie Football and breaks the long tradition of Saturday soccer at One Mile.
Gympie Football president Coralie Wheeler announced the move yesterday saying it was all about increasing participation in the sport.
She said last year only 56 women were playing football in Gympie.
"We are going to trial this for a season to see if this makes a difference to our player numbers and involvement in women's football," Wheeler said.
The organisation was also trying to get a proposed women's zone competition off the ground, playing on weekends.
Wheeler said at this stage it was hoped to be an under-19 team, with a few over-age players in the side, modelled on the U19 Q League competition, but at a zone level.
"I am hopeful it will happen and I will be working to try and do what ever I can to make it happen," Wheeler said.
She said the whole plan was an attempt to get more women playing football and provide a pathway for talented players.
"Normally girls who want to play at a higher level have to go out of the zone to play at a higher level," she said.
Gympie Football has a senior sign-on at One Mile from 6pm to 8pm today.
Wheeler said prospective players could have a go in a friendly environment and put their football skills to the test.
There will be a barbecue sponsored by McDonald's at the sign-on.