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Female football talent urged to sign for Pride outfit

ALL ABOARD: Chloe Trace, Kaitlin Brewer and Hannah Matula are hoping for more girls to join the Western Pride.
ALL ABOARD: Chloe Trace, Kaitlin Brewer and Hannah Matula are hoping for more girls to join the Western Pride. Rob Williams

IPSWICH'S new soccer franchise Western Pride is calling out for the city's finest young footballing girls.

The team is short of under-14 and under-15 players and is calling out for girls to put their hands up.

Western Pride general manager Pat Boyle said any budding young Matildas and W-League players should get involved in the Australian Premier League franchise.

"For a long time the women's program hasn't received the backing it should've," Boyle said.

"We've got a program now and we need girls to get involved in it."

Boyle said from the open team down to under-12s, the same professional program and training was being undertaken.

"We've set it up exactly the same way we've set up the rest of the program, which has received praise from Football Queensland as how they want to set up other APLs."

Boyle said while the team had strong numbers in under-13 girls and increasing turnouts at the under-18 girls teams, they were still short of players in the under-13 and under-14 girls teams.

"To be picked in (Football) Federation representative teams, players need to be part of APL teams," Boyle said.

Previously the girls would have to travel to Runcorn, Annerley or The Gap just to play representative soccer.

He said the training involved in being part of the Pride was far more than on-field work.

"We have training three nights a week, but that doesn't mean players will necessarily be out there on the pitch kicking a ball around every time," he said.

"There are all the off-field tools as well as on-field, including dietician and sports psychologist.

There are all the off-field tools as well as on-field, including dietician and sports psychologist.

"There is even media training showing players how to carry themselves in the public eye.

"This all starts out at under-12s. It's about teaching these guys from the very start."

The professional attitude towards player development was a key pillar of the club, according to Boyle.

"The Western Pride is built on the traditional Ipswich stature and Ipswich loyalty.

"We're setting up this new franchise in a very professional way.

"We need to offer this professional approach to these kids."

For further information or to register, contact club secretary Wendy Spencer via email at footballipswich@gmail.com.

Topics:  australian premier league, pat boyle, western pride football club




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