Melbourne City FC are hosting a week of activities designed to break down barriers for women and girls’ participation in football.
On Tuesday, the Club will host a speed mentoring event for secondary school girls, with influential women from a range of sporting backgrounds offering insight into their career pathways and Championship winning Melbourne City Women’s midfielder Amy Jackson.
More than 50 young girls from the Club’s network of affiliate schools will take part in the event.
The speed mentoring event is just one of a number of events being held by the Club’s community arm, City in the Community (CITC), for International Women’s Day (IWD).
To start the week, nine Young Leaders from the Club’s youth leadership training programme held a ‘City Challenge Think Tank’ session. The 16 – 25 girls explored the barriers to female participation through their own experiences.
The Club are holding special all-girls clinics throughout the week, and on IWD itself, Championship winning defender Tyla-Jay Vlajnic will help facilitate a girl’s clinic Bundoora United Soccer Club.
All of Melbourne City’s female staff members will offer volunteer support at a female-only Street Soccer session in North Melbourne.
The Club’s IWD activities will coincide with Football Federation Australia (FFA) Female Football Week on Saturday 18 March, when City take on Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park in Round 23 of the Hyundai A-League.