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New u10 and 12 all-girl competitions

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

The Cobram Junior Soccer Association is inviting all interested female players aged 4-14 from the Yarrawonga, Cobram and Finley regions and surrounds to register for its 2020 competition. 

Cobram Junior Soccer Association President Mario Pardo, said that this year’s girls’ competition would benefit from a $3000 VicHealth Active Club grant, which has enabled the existing all-girls U11’s competition to be split into separate U10 and U12 age groups. 

“Over the past few years, we’ve run the only all-girls Miniroos competition in the Goulburn-North East region which has been popular because it gives girls a chance to play and develop at their own pace,” he said. 

“The VicHealth Active Club grant means that we can now better support an Under 10’s as well as an Under 12’s girls age group, which will help to separate the older girls from the younger girls to help with age-related skills and game development.” 

The two all-girls competitions will complement the Under 5’s program as well as the existing Under 7, Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13’s mixed competitions (for which girls turning 14 this year are also eligible). 

“Soccer is lots of fun, and is also really inclusive, so we would like to encourage interested players, regardless of their current level of skill or experience, to give soccer a go this season,” said Mario. 

Registrations for both the Cobram Junior Soccer Association mixed and all-girls competitions are now open via https://www.playfootball.com.au, closing on Tuesday, March 17.

This will enable teams to be set before Meet the Coach day at Cobram on Friday, March 27 (5:30pm) and on Saturday, March 28 at Finley and Yarrawonga (both 9:30 am). 

The Cobram Junior Soccer Association autumn-winter season will run on Saturday mornings from April 18 until mid-August at grounds in Cobram, Finley and Yarrawonga. 

The cost for the season is $95 and families with 3 or more children pay $50 for the third and any subsequent child. 

The Cobram Junior Soccer Association also had an excellent response to the Regional Girls Development Program which was run during October and November 2019 in conjunction with Football Victoria, with over 40 girls participating in the six-week program. 

“The great response to our girls’ programs has supported our decision to introduce the new age-groups and we look forward to seeing the return of many of our existing program as well as welcoming new players to our competition in 2020,” concluded Mario. 

If you would like further information about the upcoming junior soccer season, please visit the Facebook page Cobram Junior Soccer Association or email the Secretary at [email protected]