Coffs City United first regional NNSWF club to earn Game Changer star

Northern NSW Football is excited to announce Coffs City United FC as its first regional club to gain one star accreditation in the Game Changer program.

Game Changer is Football Australia’s new Club Development Program which was launched in February. The short term aim of the program is to connect clubs to opportunities to develop and grow female participation through a legacy program established from Australia hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

Game Changer one star accreditation solely focuses on building capacity, networks and education for women and girls within football.

NNSWF Project Manager for Club Development Phillip Andrews said Coffs City United had engaged with NNSWF proactively for a number of years.

“The former committee used the National Club Development Program to restructure and improve the club’s governance,” Andrews said.

“The club leads female participation in North Coast Football boasting female teams from under-6s through to their two open age female teams, having also previously delivered Kick On for Women programs, MiniRoos Kick Off for Girls as well as an inclusive Summer Football program.

“Through Game Changer the club has an action plan that provides direction to improve the welfare of all players as well as create further opportunities for females to play more football. We will continue to support Coffs City United FC as they strive to improve the experience of female players at the club as a way of retaining players and attracting others to the club.”

Coffs City United secretary Kylie Williams said the NNSWF Legacy Fund connected to Game Changer had funded some great opportunities for clubs and individuals.

“We recently had five female youth players complete the level four referee course funded by the Women in Football Scholarship Program and look forward to them controlling matches,” Williams said.

“We have a number of youth players making their way into the senior teams so have established a leadership group from the senior male and female players to encourage collaboration and respect between our senior teams. The club only has one set of changerooms and we need to ensure every team in the club has access to clean amenities.

“Female participation across the Coffs Harbour region is growing and we will continue to develop our procedures to provide the best experience for our own players and those that visit our venue.”

Game Changer is available to every football club in the country.

Football Australia is busy building opportunities to further acknowledge and reward clubs the engage with the program while further promoting Australia’s involvement in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.

One star Game Changer accreditation involves setting up a club profile and answering the questions in the Women’s and Girls module before creating an action plan.

Read more about Game Changer HERE

NNSWF Club Development Officers Phillip Andrews and Brett Hodgekiss are available to answer questions about Game Changer or guide clubs through the process. (pandrews@northernnswfootball.com.au, bhodgekiss@northernnswfootball.com.au)