The Port Melbourne Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Calleja as our inaugural female football coach for season 2018.
Calleja brings a wealth of coaching experience to the role, having most recently been a Senior Assistant/Line Coach with Cranbourne’s VFLW team.
Prior to that, Calleja spent two years with the St. Kilda Sharks, including in 2015 as Division 1 Coach, and three years at Frankston’s VFL Men’s team as an Analyst.
With the Borough’s first ever women’s team set to compete in the AFL South-Eastern Division 1 competition next year, Calleja was successful in front of an impressive field of candidates and said he was confident of making a smooth transition into North Port Oval.
“This role not only represents a great opportunity for me to develop, but also a great responsibility,” he said.
“Port Melbourne has been a strong standalone club within the VFL since 2006, and for me to be able to lead the first ever women’s team is very exciting.”
Calleja said he was drawn to coach the Borough by the “uniqueness” of the opportunity, the “elite” status of the club within the competition, and the ability to place his own “imprint” on the role.
When pressed specifically on some of his coaching philosophies, Calleja said his number 1 goal next year would be to get all the girls to “compete” with all that of famous Borough spirit.
“I want the girls to compete, but we’ll also need to focus on development and maintain a ‘growth’ mindset in whatever we do,” he said.
“Having said that, we also want to enjoy ourselves.”
Calleja said he was looking forward to seeing a typically strong show of support for the Borough’s female contingent.
“I think there’ll be a lot of interest in us and seeing how we go,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to communicating with everyone, and building on the great support that the club already has.”
The club would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Andrew on being successful in being appointed and look forward to working closely with him as we move towards season 2018.
We will be hosting a Women’s Talent ID Day in the coming weeks, with further details to follow in due course.