Association looking for players for all-girls’ league

Therese ColmanAugusta Margaret River Times

The Leeuwin Naturaliste Junior Soccer Association are scouting for under-12s and under-14s players girls players.

The LNJSA has more than 1200 players across 100 teams from nine towns including Margaret River, Geographe, Dunsborough, Busselton, Vasse and Capel.

Junior team co-ordinator Andy Longmore said there had always been a youth league for girls, but never one for the younger ages.

“With player numbers set to rise again this year, the time seems perfect to open up the game to a wider audience,” he said.

“The reason to start this was to obviously encourage more girls to the sport and give them an opportunity to play alongside friends, as many don’t always want to compete in a mixed league.” Longmore said new players were welcome and no experience was necess-ary.

“All LNJSA clubs have great coaches and volunteers that have put their hands up to make sure this is a successful and smooth start to what could be a very exciting year in women’s soccer,” he said.

Past LSNJA players include Margaret River’s Tash Rigby, who plays for Perth Glory women’s team.

Longmore said other well-known women in the game, such as recently named young Australian of the year and Matildas player Sam Kerr, were great role models for “future stays of the game”.

The under-12s and under-14s junior girls’ league is set to be played on Friday nights across the Capes region.

Registration will be open soon, and players are asked to visit lnjsa.com.au for more details.

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