Empowering women and girls through the Maclean Kick-On for Women program

Kick-On for Women was introduced to Maclean FC with the vision of providing a platform for women of all abilities and fitness levels to come together and embrace football. The program has kicked goals both on and off the field  

Kick-on for Women aims to create a safe, non-judgmental, and enjoyable environment where women could learn new skills, form lasting friendships, and, most importantly, take an hour each week for themselves. 

At the helm of the program’s success is Belinda Skelton, who has a long history with the club through family ties and took on the role of Kick-On for Women coordinator. Her commitment and passion for empowering women is incredibly important to her as she orchestrates the program behind the scenes, ensuring its smooth operation. The team consists of Belinda and three facilitators Noni, Em and Mel who are all current players in Maclean FC's women's teams. Their dedication is fundamental to creating an atmosphere where women feel supported, motivated, and excited to be a part of football. 

“Kick-On for Women is a chance to make new friends and for women to have one hour to themselves each week,” Skelton said. 

“What I have found over the years is that most women will require everything else in their lives to align before they are able to (or let themselves) do something for themselves. 

“Kick-On for Women is such a brilliant program, where they can attend, learn something new, laugh and return home recharged. The positive mental effect that this program has for women is unmeasurable.” 

Kick-On for Women has resonated strongly within the community, evident in the participation of seven mother-daughter duos, sister groups, and groups of mums of junior players. The impact of the CommBank Matildas on the global stage has further inspired these women to join the program creating a vibrant community. Maclean FC has seen a significant uptake in registrations and participation off the back of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cupᵀᴹ.  

Looking ahead, Maclean FC is not just focused on the present numbers but on understanding what keeps women engaged and excited about playing football. The club is committed to shaping opportunities that align with the desires and needs of the women in their community. The legacy of Kick-On for Women is evolving, driven by a collective commitment to empowering women through sport. 

The Kick-On for Women program has been one of the leading female programs since 2019 and is one of the many ways that Northern NSW Football are continuing to ensure a lasting legacy from the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cupᵀᴹ.  

Find out more about the program and register for Term 1 HERE.  


This web story is by the NSW Government under the NSW Football Legacy Program.