Willoughby Wildcats Youth Girls AFL

As you know, girls footy is going from strength to strength at the Wildcats. Last year we had dedicated U18, U15 and U12 girls teams and in 2018 these will be joined by a new U10 team.

If your family has a daughter who would like to play, there is a team for every girl no matter what her age or experience level.

Auskick is there for girls born between 2010 and 2013, and now we have the U10s team for girls born in 2008 & 2009. The U12 team is for girls born in 2006 & 2007, the U15 for girls born 2004/04/05 and the U18 for girls born 2000/01/02.

Burkey’s guide on how to coach girls…

Season one of AFLW was outstanding. To be honest it achieved far more than the head honchos at AFL House ever anticipated.

The road ahead is looking rosy. However, there is one thing that will derail the momentum faster than a Bree Davey shirtfront.

And if the AFL and the local leagues don’t get it right, it will put a speed bump in the game that will slow it down for years

The issue I am talking about is coaching, specifically coaching girls.

Click here to read the article published by Nathan Burke.

This article appears in SEN Inside Football’s AFLW Special

Women and girls are boosting footy clubs at every level

THE explosion of women and girls playing Australian football is benefiting sporting clubs at every level, but is putting pressure on facilities.

Adelaide Footy League president John Kernahan said the growth in women’s footy at grassroots level “is enormous”.

“We have enjoyed a 50 to 75 per cent growth year on year since 2015,” he said.

“The added interest in women’s footy through the national competition (AFLW) and the success of the Adelaide Crows prompted a surge in interest to the point we facilitated competition for 47 women’s teams in 2017.”

Click here to read the full article published in The Herald Sun on Feb 2, 2018 by Craig Cook, The Advertiser.

Sydney schoolgirls enter AFL competition for first time

Prestigious Sydney private schools and rugby union traditionally go hand-in-hand.

But a new sporting shift is underway.

Independent girls schools have noticed an increase in AFL participation in male schools once dominated by rugby, and they are jumping on board.

This month, the first ever AFL Sydney Independent School Girls competition will kick off.

AFL NSW/ACT chief executive officer Sam Graham said the Sydney area has experienced extraordinary growth in female football.

“In 2017, we saw a 78 per cent increase in female club football participation across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, the fastest growing segment of our game,” Mr Graham said.

“This growth has allowed us to provide Sydney’s independent girls schools with the opportunity to play football in an organised competition, something that has existed for their male counterparts since 2013.

“It is great to have six independent girls schools taking part in the six-week competition, and it is a real credit to everyone involved in making this possible.

Click to read the full article, published by Jennifer Browning, www.abc.net.au

Under 10’s 2018 Season

If you have not yet registered for the 2018 season please do so as we are about to start putting our teams together!

Click here to register

Training this year will be held at the Baseball Diamond behind the Willoughby Leisure Centre, Small Street Willoughby.

Training will be on Fridays from 4 pm – 5 pm, commencing April 6th.


Sydney Swans see AFL future in synthetic grass

Training on synthetic surfaces will be part of the AFL’s future, according to John Longmire, who’s trialling the concept this pre-season.

The Sydney coach had his players train on the fake grass of Blackman Park in Lane Cove West on Tuesday and believes the concept had their support.

“The boys have loved it and I think it’s a great surface,” Longmire told reporters.

While a number of sports in Australia and overseas have long been played and trained on synthetic surfaces, Longmire warmed to the idea while watching English rugby union team Saracens do so a few years ago.

He said synthetic grounds also had significant community benefits, with Blackman Park fields marked for Australian rules, soccer, rugby union and league and cricket.

“We want to continue to support the use of synthetic surfaces, of different surfaces in sport, not just AFL football,” Longmire said.

“We think this is a great opportunity for Sydney councils and governments to be able to support the use of multi-purpose venues like this.

“I think it’s the way of the future.

“And particularly when land’s so scarce, to have venues like this and to be able to play as many sports as you can on it is great for the whole community.”

Published in theage.com.au on 23 January 2018 by Warren Barnsley

Click here to view the full article

Coaching Update 2018

Happy New Year hope everyone had a nice break.

I would like to advise all that Lucius and myself have taken on the role of Coaching Directors for the club. We will be conducting an evening for all sometime in March to take everyone through what our role entails and what support we will provide to all.

To kick off the pre season we have four key points to cover off.

  • Can all coaches please respond back to me with what coaching accreditation you have and what is the expiration date.
  • If you are not a registered coach then you will need to complete the Level coaching course. This year has seen the course change with the whole program now online, I will forward through to all in March the link for all new coaches to complete.
    On the weekend of Feb 10/11 (9am-5pm both days) the 2018 Level 2 Coaching Course will be conducted at the GWS Giants HQ Homebush. Cost is $275 which will be refunded by the club. For those interested in achieving Level 2 status then please click HERE and advise myself via email.
  • 2018 AFL Sydney Juniors Development Day & Representative Days will again be held over the June Long Weekend, 9th, 10th & 11th June at Mike Kenny Oval, Cherrybrook.To assist with our planning and preparation we would like to call on Expressions of Interest to coach our 50 + teams.BOYS U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15 & U17  GIRLS U10, U12, U15 & U18. Expressions of Interest close, Friday 9th February via this link

If you have any questions please drop an email to Lucius or myself.


Paul Clarke


How to Claim the $100 Active Kids Voucher for your Wildcats Registration?

If you are yet to complete your Willoughby Wildcats registration for season 2018, we are excited to advise that the NSW Government through their Active Kids program is offering an Active Kids rebate whereby parents can claim up to $100 per NSW-based school child, per calendar year, as a voucher to reduce the cost of sport registration or membership fees.

How to Claim the $100 Active Kids Voucher for your Wildcats Registration? 

  1. Visit service.nsw.gov.au and create or login to your MyServiceNSW Account
  2. Complete an Active Kids application through your MyServiceNSW Account. You will receive a voucher with a unique ID number for each child you register (available to download, print and email).  NB: this application form is case sensitive

How to complete payment once you have your voucher ID number:

  1. For returning footy legends and those yet to process their 2018 payment, login to the Wildcats Registration Page from February 1 to complete your 2018 registration and enter the voucher ID number
  2. If prompted for a four digit pin please enter your child’s date of birth in the following format DDMM (eg. 0412).

For more information on the Active Kids program visit sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids and read the Guidelines and Fact Sheets.

If you ‘do not’ wish to use this voucher for your Wildcats registration, simply complete Wildcats registration without selecting to use the Active Kids voucher.

The cost for season 2018 is $220 with a sibling discounted rate of $180