RECRUITMENT DRIVE: The Waves are looking at ways to get more girls into the game.
RECRUITMENT DRIVE: The Waves are looking at ways to get more girls into the game. Paul Donaldson BUN220417FOOT7

The Waves want more women to jump in

"Until we do women's football well we can't call ourselves a football club.”

The Waves Football Club committee member Paul Murphy and the club know all too well just how much women have been neglected when it comes to the world game in Bundaberg.

Now, they are doing something about it

The club have hired a women's football director, Chris Ashby, with the aim of bringing The Waves back to the top in the Wide Bay League.

But it is more than that.

The side wants to be the pioneers of the women's game here, helping to get girls involved at all levels and producing the next generation of stars.

"Participation is the key to success,” Murphy said.

"You've got to get as many numbers playing.

"You can't just focus on elite, there's not enough elite at the moment.”

That was highlighted with the Wide Bay Buccaneers, the state side, forced to cancel its women's program due to insufficient numbers in several age groups.

The Waves have also been victims, missing out on playing division one last year and also not having a link between the multiple juniors they have and the seniors they produce.

"I've been coaching since under-9s,” Murphy said.

"I've actually coached some girls through the system and as they get to 15 and 16 we haven't offered enough at this particular club and they go to other clubs.”

This is where the Women of Waves, or WOW, kicks in.

The club will hold a free come-and-try day at The Waves Sports Ground tomorrow at 4.30pm for all girls playing or want to play football.

It is open to everyone over the age of 12 and there will be a free sausage sizzle after the social games.

The day will also provide information about a development program just for girls at the club, aiming to produce not only The Waves players but players for the future.

"Ideally we want to be a hub for women's football in the community,” Ashby said.

"The goal of Sunday is community engagement and opportunity for girls.”

Ashby said the ultimate goal was getting players having a pathway from juniors to seniors at the club as well.

"There's a lot of hard work ahead, because there is a lot of change,” he said.

The whole program is music to the ears of The Waves player Renee Bock.

The centre back and captain of the Wide Bay League team said the region has needed this kind of action for a long time.

"There's a lot of younger girls coming through and this is going to be the perfect pathway for them,” she said.

"It's going to, hopefully, provide a lot of incentive for girls to come out and play Division 1 again in the region.”



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