In an exciting partnership with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), the new league will mirror the TAC Cup for boys, which has been responsible for developing many of the biggest names in the AFL since its inception in 1992.
AFL Victoria and the TAC have been working over a number of years at establishing girls academies within the TAC Cup boys’ structure, to give young female footballers the same opportunities as their male counterparts thanks to these Towards Zero Girls Academies.
The TAC has supported the elite boys’ pathway since its inception and will now provide the same leadership and mentoring opportunities to junior female footballers who now have a talent pathway through to the new NAB AFL Women’s competition., completing the talent pathway in Western Victoria now for both male and female footballers.
“Within footy circles, the TAC Cup has become synonymous with producing some of the games top talent”, Greater Western Victoria Rebels Talent Manager Phil Partington recently commented.
“With the launch of TAC Cup Girls, we’re really excited to see Western Victoria’s female talent develop and one day play on the main stage in the NAB AFL Women’s or Swisse VFL Women’s competitions".
“It’s about creating a new generation of leaders and role-models for young Victorian females, and the support of TAC, AFL Victoria and our local AFL Victoria Country Commissions will help us achieve that".
“We can already see the first round of young women to come out of the Towards Zero Girls Academies into the AFLW having a profound effect on our community, and we look forward to seeing that continue to grow with TAC Cup Girls.”
The GWV Rebels TAC CUP Squad have been training once a week since early November with girls travelling from all across Western Victoria to take part in these sessions.
A highlight of the preseason was a highly successful Talent Search where the Rebels administration and coaching staff held a “Come and Try” Fitness and Training session at Eureka Stadium for talented female athletes from other sports who had not played football in the past. Over 30 girls attended this session, of which 15 girls gained a place in the GWV Rebels TAC CUP Girls Squad.
The five game season kicks off next Saturday (18th March) at Learmonth Football club at 12.30pm when the girls take on their metropolitan neighbours in the Western Jets.
Please see attached the GWV Rebels TAC Cup Girls Squad for 2017.
For any further information please call GWV Rebels Talent Manager, Phil Partington on 5339 0915 or 0418558850.