Last month Football Federation Tasmania assisted with the delivery of the Southern Primary School Sports Association Soccer Winter Carnival.

The carnival pitted Southern regions against each other in representative games that provided opportunities to players who may not have been involved in Club football previously and brought new players to the game.

To capitalise on the opportunities the event provided, there were two free Under 12 girls-only programs to follow. One was run by the Kingborough Lions Football Club and another at Edgeworth Street by FFT MiniRoos Manager Ben Horgan.

The girls at Edgeworth Street took part in a 4-week Skill Development Program and focused on the development of the four core skills and looked at assisting with the transition of these players to club football.

“The aim was to introduce the girls to high quality training environments with a focus on developing their core skills, and to link them to clubs where they can continue their football when they finish primary school and junior football.” Ben Horgan said.

Bella from Swansea enjoying learning new skills.

In their final session last week, the girls’ played a small-sided game against footballer’s from local clubs. They were able to put their new skills to the test.

“The biggest positive is that the girls from Swansea learned some ways to practice in their own time, and that they had been taking these back and showing other kids in the school playground.” ¬†added Horgan.