Valentine Eleebana FC first NNSWF club to earn Game Changer star

Northern NSW Football is excited to announce Valentine Eleebana FC as the first club to gain one star accreditation in the Game Changer program.

Game Changer is Football Australia’s new Club Development Program which was launched last month. 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.

Valentine Eleebana FC Female Football Coordinator Rachel Slee said the club was thrilled to be the first NNSWF club to be recognised in the national program.

“We will be working really hard throughout this season to connect our female participants with the Women’s World Cup and the inspirational Matildas,” Slee said.

“Game Changer has introduced the club to opportunities that we can explore to retain female participants while implementing strategies to have an even stronger female presence in 2024.”

NNSWF Project Manager – Club Development Phillip Andrews said Valentine Eleebana FC had led the conversation to gain accreditation and connect with opportunities available through the NSW Football Legacy Fund.

“The club has made a prior commitment to developing a female football strategy by appointing a female development role within their refreshed committee,” Andrews said.

“The Game Changer process has required the club to develop an action plan to be implemented over the next 12 months focused on creating opportunities for the development of female football.

“We look forward to Valentine Eleebana FC implementing the identified actions over the next year leading to positive growth in female participation from administration to coaches and players.”

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)