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Starlets Display Raw Talent

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 3:24 PM by Daniel CURTIS

THE Swans District has recently completed another successful Kirby Bentley Cup campaign. Thriving off the back of the recent Nicky Winmar Carnival, the Kirby Bentley Cup is aimed at adolescent indigenous females and engaging them in a structured program to facilitate their potential participation in community clubs. The Kirby Bentley Cup is a critical carnival for the engagement of young Indigenous females to establish a segue into Australian Rules Football. Hosted in early April at Lightning Park, Noranda, the Kirby Bentley Cup offers an opportunity for local indigenous females to be coached by fellow female indigenous role models and build a base for the WA KickStart team.

The Kirby Bentley Cup is named after female Indigenous star, Kirby Bentley who is also a current player of the Melbourne Demons FC, Swan Districts Women’s Football Club and an active female indigenous role model. Swans District was coached by Swan Districts Women’s Football Club and 2015 WA KickStart coach, Courtney Ugle and with support from District staff were able to engage more than 25 girls in the program. Ugle, was thrilled by the raw talent on display, “The opportunity for these girls to showcase their skills and play is pivotal for their future engagement in the sport and get involved at a talent pathway as well”.

WAFC Development Officer, Dan Curtis was also able to engage more than 10 girls through a training program in Bunbury as a part of the South West zone and facilitate their participation in the Kirby Bentley Cup accordingly. With 14 teams across the State represented on the night, the scope for growth in the female indigenous sector is undeniable as WAFC Metro Central staff aim to establish the infancies of the Kirby Bentley Academy and provide another layer of engagement with these talented players. With strong pathways already indicated in the indigenous boy’s pathway, the aim is to establish strong academies for both male and female indigenous players within their respective Districts as a way to produce more talent and participation in the code