The FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off this month, with 5 matches to be played in Perth.
In celebration, Minister Dr. Tony Buti MLA and Football West have announced a range of activities and events for students to engage with the tournament as we celebrate a spectacular showcase of women’s sport in our own backyard.
This month, female students from 5 different Perth high schools will be welcomed to the flagship event – Women’s World Cup Aspiration Day – which will be held at both Safety Bay Senior High School and Balga Senior High School in recognition of their strong female Football Programs.
Perth Glory women’s captain Tash Rigby was on hand to help kickstart the World Cup celebrations.
“It’s awesome to be here with these amazing young women, who are also aspiring young footballers,” Ms Rigby said.
“It’s going to be really exciting to see how they are inspired by this World Cup and where it takes us in the future.”
This event, themed “Dream it… Believe it… Achieve it”, provides an opportunity for students to hear from keynote speakers from Football West, Perth Glory, Commbank Matildas and Manchester United.
The event will also involve an Acknowledgment of Country from Mr Steven Jacobs, an InspirED panel compromised of inspirational women in football, a skill development session, a mindfulness yoga workshop, and a Women’s World Cup football tournament for students from participating schools.
Balga Health and Physical Education Teacher Sarah Bagshaw said having the World Cup in Perth was a huge boost for the students.
“They are passionate about the game and just absolutely love it,” Ms Bagshaw said. “There is nothing that gives them more happiness and a sense of belonging and pride than playing for their school team. To see these amazing athletes on the world stage, in their own backyard, playing at the highest level, it basically sends the message to the girls that if you work hard enough, you can achieve that too.”
This event hopes to inspire more young women and girls to get active and step up to leadership – in life and in the world game.