Port Melbourne Football Club President Michael Shulman has announced that the PMFC will be introducing a women’s football program in season 2018.
With the success of the AFLW and the booming participation numbers of the neighbouring Port Colts Junior Girls football, Shulman indicated that the Borough’s formal entry into the women’s football landscape was a natural progression and further enhances the Club’s community development program.
The Club’s Board as a whole has been working hard behind the scenes to finalise a structure for Port Melbourne to officially field a women’s team.
Kerry Ashbrook, a recently appointed director of the PMFC, notes that the Club is particularly keen to strengthen the pathway for girls in the local community.
The PMFC plan is to offer the Port Colts girls a formal pathway to play for the Borough in Division 1 of the South Eastern Women’s Football League in 2018 (pending approval for entry into that competition); and to also provide support to our local Port Colts Senior Football Club in launching their Women’s ‘Development’ Team (framework pictured below).
Ultimately, the PMFC would expect our Women’s team to play VFLW – hopefully in season 2019, pending the granting of a licence.
Shulman said that this was an exciting initiative for the Port Melbourne Football Club, and that the Board’s attention would now turn towards finalising logistical, operational and administrative considerations.
“By making this announcement, we are now moving forward with a view to appointing a Coach,” he said.
“We are planning for an official launch in October, including a Women’s ‘Talent Day’ in November.
“Whilst the demise of the Development League is disappointing, this is an exciting time in women’s football and it is great for the Club to be playing our part in making history.”
We shall announce further information about women’s football as it is confirmed in the coming weeks.
For more information contact CEO Glenn Robertson at the Club’s office during business hours on (03) 9646 2094.
Main image (L-R): Kerry Ashbrook (PMFC Director), Paige Holt (Port Colts Women’s Co-Captain), Maegan Harrison (Port Colts Women’s Co-Captain), Kaila Caterino (Port Colts Women’s Coach), Annette Maloney (Port Colts FC Junior Secretary), Tess Maloney (Port Colts Girls Under 10’s), Caitlin Voss (Port Colts Girls Under 12’s), Cr. Bernadene Voss (City of Port Phillip Mayor) and Tash Bennett (Port Colts Girls Under 16’s Coach) at Saturday’s announcement.