Top female coaches win scholarships

AFL NSW/ACT has awarded the six scholarships to candidates who have proven excellence in the field of coaching females with the scholarship covering full registration to the AFL National Coaching Conference coaching course in Melbourne from February 8-10.

Pete Jensen, head coach of Queanbeyan women’s team in 2013 and a coach with the AFL Canberra Women’s Development Program, is one of the recipients.

Jensen hopes to use the conference to gain further understanding about coaching females and bring that knowledge back to Canberra to further develop women’s footy at Queanbeyan.

Lisa Roper is a Level 2 coach from the Illawarra.  She coaches the Wollongong Saints women’s team and has been involved in women’s AFL for over seven years as a player and coach. 

She also pays a role in coaching the Illawarra Youth Girls Development Squad.  She aspires to one day obtain her Level 3 AFL Coaching qualification

Krissie Steen is a Level 2 coach from Sydney.  She has recently accepted the role as head coach at UNSW/Eastern Suburbs women’s team and looks forward to a new challenge with exciting opportunities. 

Her assistant coach, Ben Porter, also a Level 2 coach, has received a scholarship and the pair plan to travel to Melbourne together and work in unison to develop the specific skill set that they need for the 2013 season.  Both have a strong coaching history in Sydney Women’s AFL and a passion for female football.

Other recipients included ACT pair Rebecca Goddard, Eastlake Football Club’s Head Coach – Womens, and Kendelle Trealor, Murrumbidgee Women’s Head Coach.